Work is about to begin on a $5.5 million upgrade to a one-kilometre section of the Brisbane Valley Highway at Esk, known locally as Ipswich Street.
The works will improve the condition of the highway between Gatton-Esk Road (Middle Street) and Richard and Barbour streets.
“Upgrading the main street in Esk will ensure locals, freight operators and tourists enjoy a smoother, safer drive along this section of highway,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce.
Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders said the project contract had been awarded to Boral Pty Ltd and crews were gearing up to start work.
“The Brisbane Valley Highway is a main connector linking the Warrego and D’Aguilar highways, and Esk is a popular destination for tourists,” he said. “More than 5,000 motorists who travel this section of the highway each day will benefit from smoother, safer driving conditions.”
As part of the project, the Brough Bridge deck over Sandy Creek will be resurfaced, and improvements made to the Middle Street intersection, with the installation of a dedicated right-turn lane.
Mr Saunders said the upgrade would be carried out using a combination of day and night works to reduce impacts for motorists and the community.
“Works are expected to be completed before mid-2022, weather and construction conditions permitting, and we will provide regular updates to the community,” he said.
“We recognise road works come with unavoidable disruptions and we’re working hard to manage these impacts. The project team has been engaging with local businesses during the design phase and will continue to do so during construction.”
The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Regional Economic Enabling Fund, as part of the $415 million economic stimulus package to deliver ‘shovel-ready’ infrastructure projects and urgent road safety upgrades in Queensland.
The Australian Government has committed $4.4 million and the Queensland Government $1.1 million.