Additional flood-resilience on the way for Yeppen Floodplain
$8 million of savings used to improve safety and flood-resillience south of Rockhampton
Additional safety improvements to enhance access to and from Rockhampton during major flood events
Works complement the $170 million Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade completed in November 2015
The Yeppen Floodplain south of Rockhampton is set for additional flood-resilience and safety improvements thanks to an $8 million investment approved today by the Australian Government.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester joined Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd on site today, and said the Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade project would help maintain access to Rockhampton via the Bruce Highway during major flooding events on the Fitzroy River Floodplain.
During extreme weather events this will allow the safe management of traffic on bridges and detours on connection roads by using:
6 variable message signs,
3 Portable traffic signals, and
6 CCTV Cameras to monitor the road and update message signs in real time
“These improvements are part of the $8.5 billion, 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, and they are going to help avoid the millions of dollars of lost productivity caused by flooding events,” Mr Chester said.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the project followed on from the $170 million Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade completed in November 2015, with the package set to keep residents and emergency services connected during times of crisis.
“The Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade project raised and duplicated the Bruce Highway between the Burnett Highway and the Capricorn Highway intersection, which during Cyclone Debbie helped to avoid losses of nearly $5.5 million per day across the Rockhampton region,” Ms Landry said.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the additional works would complement the earlier upgrade.
“We love seeing the rain clouds roll in over the horizon but if we can’t keep our wheels rolling on the roads, it costs our region millions of dollars in lost revenue,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“The existing upgrade helped maintain access to and from Rockhampton during ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, keeping residents and businesses moving and minimising the economic damage of that disaster. The savings made on that project will now be deployed to improve reliability and resilience of the highway even further.”
The $8 million additional safety improvement works are being funded using project savings, with $6.4 million of Australian Government funding, and $1.6 million Queensland Government funding utilised. The works are expected to be completed around April 2018.