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No time to mull over crucial Yeppen project

SMOOTH CONSTRUCTION: Project engineer Scott Muller inspects the Yeppen South project on the Bruce Highway.
SMOOTH CONSTRUCTION: Project engineer Scott Muller inspects the Yeppen South project on the Bruce Highway. Allan Reinikka Rokayeppensouth

WORKING on the longest bridge on the Bruce Highway isn't a bad way to start a career.

That's just the way Scott Muller has started his, working as a project engineer on the $296 million Yeppen South project.

Although he has planned projects for the past six to seven years and worked on the upgrade of Mount Morgan's water treatment plant, Yeppen South is Scott's first construction project.

"It's not a bad one to sink your teeth into," he said.

"It's been good because we have a good team of people."

With some workers on the project coming off the Brisbane Airport Link and Calliope Crossroads projects, Scott said there were plenty of opportunities to learn from those around him and gain some great experience.

With little rain over the Christmas season, unlike previous years, a Transport and Main Roads spokesperson told The Morning Bulletin work was still on schedule with piling operations to continue uninterrupted.

In October last year, piling works on the southern 1.6km bridge, crossing the Yeppen floodplain, were completed with piling on the northern 540m slip-lane bridge completed in December.

Concrete pours are continuing for the southern bridge, with more than 17,500 tonne eventually forming the decks of both bridges. An additional 40,000 tonne has made up the bridge piles and girders.

Each day construction contractor John Holland Group has between 170 and 200 staff and contractors on site at the Bruce Hwy construction area and Egans Hill manufacturing facility.

The work is expected to be completed by early next year.

Yeppen South project

The project runs from Egan's Hill to Yeppen Roundabout

The new structure will improve flood immunity from a 1 in 15-year flood to a 1 in 100-year flood level.

Outside floods, Yeppen South will "significantly increase" the capacity of the Bruce Hwy, with northbound traffic using a high-level road, while southbound traffic use the existing lanes

During floods, traffic will use one lane each way on the high-level bridge

Topics:  bruce highway main roads yeppen

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