Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Mackay Ring Road project on the Bruce Highway ready to commence

Media Release

DC090/2016

17 August 2016

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

The route for the proposed Mackay Ring Road on the Bruce Highway has now been finalised with initial works to commence shortly.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the construction of this project between Stockroute Road and the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Bald Hill Road will address the traffic congestion and subsequent accident risks of the existing route.

“The Mackay Ring Road project will also improve safety for residents by taking heavy vehicles travelling along the Bruce Highway off local streets, as well as reducing travel times for inter-regional trips and for freight vehicles,” Mr Chester said.

“Early works will start shortly ahead of major construction, scheduled to begin in mid-2017 and will take about three years to complete.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the project was just one example of the Australian Government's commitment to fixing the Bruce Highway.

“In addition to providing efficiency and safety gains for motorists and freight vehicles, the project is expected to support an average of 603 jobs over the life of the project,” Mr Christensen said.

“This is great news for the Mackay region and I am pleased that work will be starting within weeks.”

The Australian Government has committed up to $448 million to the Bruce Highway—Mackay Ring Road—Stage 1 project, with the Queensland Government committing up to $117 million.