The Queensland Government has handed over a section of the Tugun bypass tunnel to the New South Wales Government after 10 years of overseeing its operation.
The $543 million Bypass officially opened in 2008, conveniently connecting motorists between Qld and NSW.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Director General Neil Scales said its time the section of tunnel which falls in New South Wales was handed over to NSW and Maritime Services.
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‘‘It is time to hand over the four-kilometre New South Wales section of the Tugun bypass to RMS,’’ Mr Scales said.
‘‘For many years we have worked closely with RMS if there are any incidents along or near the bypass and this will continue after the handover.”
Mr Scales said the Qld Government allocated on average $7 million each year for maintenance of the tunnel and entire bypass, with maintenance costs post-handover now significantly less.
“This agreement has worked tremendously well and we are always pleased to deliver good outcomes for all road users,” Mr Scales said.
“I look forward to working closely with our New South Wales neighbours.”