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

Planting the seeds for Ash and Pine Street intersection upgrade on Bruce Highway

Media Release

DC359/2017

15 November 2017

  • Federal funding of more than $4 million approved for the Ash and Pine Street Intersection Upgrade, to include new slip and turning lanes
  • Project set to improve safety and travel reliability on the Bruce Highway west of Innisfail

Ongoing works to improve safety along the Bruce Highway continue to be rolled out with the Australian Government approving funding to deliver the new Ash and Pine Street Intersection west of Innisfail.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was part of the $8.5 billion 10-year program to upgrade the Bruce Highway in partnership with the Queensland Government.

“We are working hard to fund and build a safer, more efficient Bruce Highway to support the freight transport network in Queensland and reduce the national road toll,” Mr Chester said.

“Upgrading the intersections of Ash Street and Pine Street with the Bruce Highway will improve safety, reliability and capacity for all types of road users, including cyclists, tourists, local cane farmers, B-Double road trains and the freight industry. This is the sort of investment that saves lives.”

The project will involve

  • pavement widening and rehabilitation,
  • a reconfigured intersection design at Ash Street
  • a new left-turn slip lane and right-turn lane onto the Bruce Highway at Ash Street
  • new signals and right-hand turn and left-turn slip lanes at the intersection of Blackwood Street and the Bruce Highway
  • new right-turn lanes from each direction at the Pine Street/Bruce Highway intersection

Construction on the project is expected to start in early 2018 with completion expected in late 2018, weather permitting.

The Australian Government has committed up to $4.19 million and the Queensland Government $1.04 million to fund the Ash and Pine River Street Intersection Upgrade.