Works completed on Bruce Highway intersection at Bowen

Media Release

DC293/2017

29 September 2017

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Road safety on the Bruce Highway has received another boost with the intersection of Lower Don Road and the Bruce Highway now complete.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $3.7 million project was fully funded under the Australian Government's Bruce Highway—Black Spot Program.

“TheBruce Highway—Black Spot Program is a crucial part of the Australian Government's commitment to improving safety on the Bruce Highway and has been highly successful in reducing crashes,” Mr Chester said.

“The Bruce remains one of the busiest and most dangerous highways in Australia and upgrading this particular intersection will help reduce the number of crashes in the area.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said he was delighted to see the completion of the upgrade, with this section of the Bruce Highway servicing major tourism areas.

“The upgrades include a separate right-turn lane from the Bruce Highway into Lower Don Road, travelling north towards Ayr, and a separate left-turn lane from the Bruce Highway into Lower Don Road, travelling south to Bowen,” Mr Christensen said.

“These new turn-off lanes are going to help keep local drivers safe when they're exiting the highway on to Lower Don Road—they'll also help keep our regional industries moving. In more good news for the local economy, these works supported an average of 11 jobs.

“This upgrade is in addition to $230,000 to fix black spots at Herbert Street and the intersection of Woodlands, Lower Don and Flemington Roads and Russells Crossing.

The Lower Don Road upgrade was fully funded by the Australian Government through its $241.8 million Bruce Highway—Black Spots Program.