Works Underway for the Showgrounds Intersection
07 November 2013
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Dawson
Works are now underway on an additional southbound lane on the Bruce Highway at the Showgrounds intersection in Mackay.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the $13.8 million upgrade is part of the Australian Government's commitment to improving roads in the region.
“Adding an extra lane to this high traffic-density intersection will increase capacity, relieve traffic congestion and enable us to meet future growth,” Mr Truss said.
“The existing single left-turn lane into Gordon Street will be widened to provide an additional left-turn lane.
“This will help prevent a build-up of incoming traffic from the Bruce Highway, and pave the way for a more orderly entrance into the city,” he said.
Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, said the project will increase travelling efficiency and connectivity for road users.
“Preliminary works include the clearing of vegetation and building the initial embankment needed to widen the road,” Mr Christensen said.
“These works are expected to be complete before the wet season starts.
“Motorists shouldn't expect any traffic delays at this stage of works, however we do ask that they look out for signage to ensure their safety and the safety of workers,” he said.
The contract to upgrade the Showgrounds intersection has been awarded to Vassallo Constructions.
The next stage of the project will start after the wet season. These works will include the completion of the road embankment and upgrades to the pavement as well as improvements to the layouts of the Showgrounds and Shakespeare Street intersections.
The Australian Government is fully funding this project as part of the $250 million Bruce Highway—Black Spot package.