New overtaking lane a $2.5 million investment in FNQ road safety

Media Release


06 April 2017

  • $2.5 million overtaking lane project at Aloomba, south of Cairns, now complete
  • Australian Government's record $50 billion infrastructure fund delivering for Far North Queensland

A $2.5 million driver safety project on the Bruce Highway south of Cairns is now open, thanks to the Australian Government's investment in roads throughout the nation.

Works have now finished on another new overtaking lane on the highway at Aloomba, south of Cairns.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the overtaking lane, which forms part of the Australian Government's $50 billion infrastructure investment programme, would improve safety for motorists travelling between Innisfail and Cairns.

“The results of the Australian Government's $6.7 billion investment in fixing the Bruce Highway are there for all to see—from new overtaking lanes throughout north Queensland, to new interchanges, bridges and bypasses,” Mr Chester said.

“The Coalition's record investment in infrastructure delivers better and safer roads, regional jobs and dollars into the cash registers of local businesses.

“We've invested $2.5 million in this new overtaking lane. The works also included new line markings and wide centre line treatments—money well spent when it comes to building a safer and more efficient Bruce Highway for everyone.

“Given the large number of heavy vehicles travelling to Cairns each day, as well as the popularity of Far North Queensland as a destination for self-drive tourists, the overtaking lane will make the trip safer for everyone on the highway.”

The Aloomba overtaking lane south of Cairns is part of the $275 million Australian Government funded Bruce Highway—Overtaking Lanes Programme.