As Australia's road network infrastructure continues to age, it is important to recognise the efforts of civil engineering projects as they progress.
The latest project to hit the headlines is the $260 million Princes Highway East duplication which is expected to be completed by 2018. The latest important update was the partial opening of a new bridge across Blind Joes Creek between Rosedale and Traralgon in Victoria.
Given the vast landscape of south-eastern Australia, bridges are an important part of the roading network. Constructed using the safest and most productive bridge materials, it is vital to get these completed as swiftly as possible.
According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, the sealing work on the bridge was completed before all deadlines and as such eastbound traffic was allowed to use it in late June.
"It is satisfying to see the gradual transformation of the route between Traralgon and Sale, which will deliver benefits to the community for many decades to come," he said in a June 23 media statement.
"The imminent opening of this bridge is a key milestone for the 8.3 kilometre Flynn to Rosedale section. I've personally driven along this section of road on many occasions and I have no doubt this project will increase safety and productivity in Gippsland."
However, this isn't the last bridge due for construction in this project. There are two others scheduled for Flynns Creek and Middle Creek as well as other infrastructure pieces such as intersections, truck stops and rest areas.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the bridge completion is a great sign that the project is moving in the right direction.
"There is some short-term inconvenience with increased travel times while the roadwork is undertaken but all Gippslanders, along with visitors to our region, will benefit from a safer and more efficient highway link to Melbourne," he explained.
Australia has many ongoing transport projects aimed at improving congestion, travel times and safety. From the WestConnex project in Western Sydney to the multiple highways upgrades in Western Australia, there is plenty of opportunities for civil engineering businesses.
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