Lower Don Road design gets the nod from Bowen motorists

Media Release

DC239/2016

19 December 2016

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

  • Detailed design on Bowen's Lower Don Road upgrade now complete
  • The project will support the region's economy while also improving road safety
  • Construction scheduled to start mid-2017

Another step has been taken in making the Bruce Highway safer for all motorists, with the completion of the detailed design phase on the Lower Don Road upgrade, just outside central Bowen.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $3.7 million, fully funded Australian Government Black Spots project would improve safety on a busy section of the Bruce Highway.

“Unfortunately, road trauma is up significantly across the nation this year, and with the Bruce Highway regarded as one of the most dangerous highways in Australia, upgrading this road is of national importance,” Mr Chester said.

“The design phase ensures we maximise value from this important project, both in terms of road safety and cost-effectiveness. The Australian Government will continue to deliver on our promise to improve the road network and drive down road trauma.”

The upgrade will provide a right turning lane from the Bruce Highway into Lower Don Road, travelling north to Ayr. An auxiliary lane will also be part of the upgrade, allowing traffic to merge from the Bruce Highway to Lower Don Road, travelling south to Bowen.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the upgrade was another important milestone for this section of the Bruce Highway which serviced both major tourism and agricultural areas in the region.

“This is a key intersection for both the Bowen community as well as thousands of Bruce Highway travellers, so any improvements in road safety will always be welcomed,” Mr Christensen said.

“It's also great to see investment in the region's economic future. An average of 11 jobs are being supported over the life of the project, and improving access to the industrial area of Bowen will make it easier for heavy vehicles to get in and out of the site.”

Construction is scheduled to start mid 2017, and is expected to be completed late 2017, weather permitting. The Lower Don upgrade is fully funded by the Australian Government through its $241.8 million Bruce Highway—Black Spots Programme.