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

Work Starts on Roys and Bells Creek Road Interchange

Media Release

WT005/2013

04 October 2013

Joint release with:

Scott Emerson

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Work has now started on a grade-separated interchange for Roys and Bells Creek roads on the Bruce Highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, and Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Scott Emerson, announced the start of work on the $80.7 million interchange today.

“This important project will avoid the dangerous situation where slow moving traffic has to join the fast moving Bruce Highway,” Mr Truss said.

“This project is part of the Australian Government’s $195 million commitment to upgrade four interchanges between Caboolture and Caloundra.

“The Australian Government has committed $6.7 billion to upgrade the Bruce Highway over the next ten years.”

Mr Emerson said the Deputy Prime Minister’s commitment to the Bruce Highway was a welcome message for the people of Caloundra and eastern Queensland more broadly.

“Projects like this new interchange provide safe access not only for local traffic entering and exiting the highway, but also for the thousands of vehicles travelling the Bruce Highway daily,” Mr Emerson said.

“The Queensland Government is glad to commit $1.8 billion to the Bruce Highway over the same ten year period, taking our joint commitment to $8.5 billion,” Mr Emerson said.

Construction of the interchange is expected to finish by early 2015.