Coalition delivering on plan to ‘Fix the Bruce Highway’

Media Release

DC057/2016

22 April 2016

More than $6 billion is being invested by the Coalition Government through its 10 year plan to ‘Fix the Bruce Highway’.

The investment will result in a highway that is safer, less susceptible to flooding, and more productive for all road users.

At the 2013 election the Coalition pledged $2.6 billion more than the former Labor Government to Bruce Highway upgrades.

Labor's pledge was built on projects that had already been announced and a hollow promise to deliver projects beyond 2019.

When it came to delivering the project, Queenslanders couldn't trust Labor.

Recent assertions that the Coalition is not making progress on critical upgrades are completely false.

Since coming to government, the Coalition has completed major Bruce Highway upgrades including realignments; strengthening and widening works; and additional overtaking lanes; and rest areas.

There has also been significant investment in safety and efficiency measures targeting poor crash sites along the 1700 kilometre highway between Brisbane and Cairns.

Completed projects include:

  • Yeppen Floodplain upgrade;
  • Duplication works between Vantassel Street and Cluden;
  • Calliope Crossroads;
  • Upgrades from Cabbage Tree Creek to Carman Rd and Back Creek Range;
  • Realignment and highway raising between Sandy Corner to Collinsons Lagoon;
  • Upgrades on the southern approach to Cairns;
  • Upgrades on the southern approaches to Gin Gin;
  • Upgrades on the southern approaches to Mackay; and
  • Intersection upgrades between Caboolture to Caloundra.

In addition to these completed projects, construction is continuing on:

  • Duplication works between the Cooroy Southern Interchange to Sankeys Road—Cooroy to Curra (Section A);
  • Final construction of the Townsville Ring Road—Section 4 (Shaw Road to Mount Low);
  • Rehabilitation of the Burdekin River Bridge;
  • Duplication works between Traveston Road to Woondum Road—Cooroy to Curra (Section C);
  • Flood proofing works at Yellow Gin Creek, south of Ayr;
  • Widening and strengthening between Caboolture to St Lawrence; St Lawrence to Bowen; and Ingham to Cairns; and
  • Safety upgrades, including the construction of overtaking lanes and rest areas, at priority locations along the highway.

The Coalition will complete these projects and is working to deliver further upgrades including:

  • Construction of the Mackay Ring Road
  • Upgrades between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway;
  • Boundary Road Interchange
  • Cattle and Frances Creeks upgrade;
  • Sandy Gully Bridge
  • Cairns Southern Access Corridor (Stage 2)
  • Widening works between South Home Hill to North Ingham
  • Arnot Creek Bridge Upgrade

The Coalition has worked with successive Queensland Governments to deliver on these upgrades and will work constructively on additional projects in the future.

More information about the Australian Government funded projects underway on the Bruce Highway is online at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/projects/brucehighway.aspx.