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

Bruce Highway Upgrade South of Childers Opens to Traffic Early

Media Release

WT105/2014

07 July 2014

Joint release with:

Keith Pitt

Member for Hinkler

Stephen Bennett

Member for Burnett

Motorists on the Bruce Highway will enjoy safer conditions with the $8 million upgrade to the Lucketts and Goodwood roads intersection opened today ahead of schedule.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the job was completed in just five months.

“These important works will make a tremendous difference for the more than 6,500 motorists and truck drivers who use this section of the highway each day,” Mr Truss said.

“From Brisbane to Cairns, the Bruce Highway is the backbone of Queensland. The Federal Government will deliver more than $900 million for further safety works on the highway, starting this financial year, to address issues such as this old intersection.”

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt welcomed the opening of the extended right-turn lane at the Lucketts Road intersection and new traffic signals at the Goodwood Road intersection.

“With the installation of the new signals, the Butchers Road intersection was moved a short distance south, significantly improving safety for turning vehicles,” Mr Pitt said.

“The local community and adjacent businesses have been very patient throughout construction, and I thank everyone for obeying road signs, slowing down and driving carefully around the road works site.”

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said providing better infrastructure is an important part of our strong plan for a brighter future and it is great to have an Australian Government that prioritises the Bruce Highway.

“While interim safety measures have been implemented over the years, it's great to finally see some long-term improvements come into fruition for our regional communities in Queensland,” Mr Bennett said.