New Overtaking Lanes to Boost Safety on the Bruce Highway

Media Release


08 November 2013

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Jason Costigan

Queensland Member for Whitsunday

Work is underway to duplicate a section of the Bruce Highway at Coningsby, north of Mackay, giving motorists safer overtaking opportunities.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the project was part of a $175 million Bruce Highway Overtaking Lane program funded by the Australian Government.

“The overtaking lanes are part of a package of up to 50 being built on what is a key freight and tourism link,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, said the duplication would be 1.3 kilometres long, providing enough distance for both north and southbound motorists to overtake safely.

“The Australian Government has included in the program a $10 million investment to duplicate the existing road from north of the Coningsby School to the cane rail crossing north of Kochs Road,” Mr Christensen said.

Queensland Member for Whitsunday, Jason Costigan, said the Coningsby duplication will address changing traffic density and movements.

“More than 4,000 vehicles use this stretch of road each day and about 18 per cent of them are heavy vehicles,” Mr Costigan said.

“The Bruce Highway is a 1700km lifeline for Queensland and it is pleasing that we now have a government in Canberra serious about getting it up to a satisfactory standard.”

Construction of two more overtaking lanes north of Proserpine, at Duck Creek, commenced in October. The works, north and south of Duck Creek, are due for completion by mid-2014.