The last 575 piles have been installed for the $1b Gympie bypass project in Queensland, with works on all bridges now underway or complete.
The last of the 575 piles have now been installed, marking another key milestone for this critical infrastructure project.
A bridge pile forms the foundation for columns that hold up a bridge.
With the piles now in place, works on all bridges on the Gympie bypass are underway or complete.
“The construction of these bridges is crucial to the flood immunity of the project,” says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.
“When completed, this new section of the National Highway will stand 27 metres above the regular Mary River water height in Gympie, at its lowest point,” says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.
“The new bypass is being built to a height that would have remained operational during events like the devastating floods of early 2022,” says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.
The Keefton Road underpass, Bolcaro Road overpass, Noosa Road overpass and the recently opened Flood Road interchange bridge are now all open.
“There are 42 bridges at 23 locations throughout the 26km Gympie bypass project,” says Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
“If each of the 575 piles were placed end to end, it would span over five kilometres. This is over 15 times taller than Q1 in Surfers Paradise (Australia’s tallest building at 322.5 metres),” says Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
“The project will also deliver a safer, more comfortable highway experience with two lanes travelling in each direction separated by a concrete median,” says Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
The $1 billion project is due for completion late 2024, weather permitting.
“Infrastructure projects like this will assist in providing continual access to crucial services for the Gympie region,” says Federal Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Senator for Queensland Anthony Chisholm.
The Gympie Bypass is jointly funded on an 80:20 basis, with the Australian Government contributing $800 million and the Queensland Government $200 million.
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