Intersection Works Commence on Bruce Highway South of Childers

Media Release

WT014/2014

17 February 2014

Joint release with:

Keith Pitt

Member for Hinkler

Works kicked off today on an $8 million federally-funded project to upgrade three intersections along the Bruce Highway just south of Childers.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project would play an important part in improving safety and efficiency along this stretch of the national highway.

“More than 6,500 motorists—including many heavy vehicle operators—use this section of road every day so we are acting to improve safety at these locations,” Mr Truss said.

“These works will cater for growing traffic volumes, especially during peak periods, by extending the dedicated right-turn lane at the Lucketts Road intersection and installing traffic signals at the Goodwood Road intersection.

“To cater for these new signals, the Butchers Road intersection will also be moved a short distance south to ensure safety is maintained for turning vehicles.”

At the sod turning today, Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the original scope of works involved removing all right-turn access at the Lucketts Road intersection in accordance with a 2010 coroner's recommendation.

“We have listened to the community and we have come up with an upgrade which will see all traffic movements remain in place at the Lucketts Road intersection, while still achieving the desired safety outcomes,” Mr Pitt said.

Works will generally be carried out between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday, with every effort being made to avoid disruptions during peak periods.

Motorists are asked to be patient, drive to the changed conditions and obey all signage while these works are under way.

Hazell Bros Group Pty Ltd has been awarded the project contract, which is expected to be completed in late 2014, weather permitting.