Full Speed Ahead on Vantassel to Cluden Upgrade

Media Release

WT116/2014

22 July 2014

Joint release with:

Rosemary Menkens

Member for Burdekin

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Good speed is being made on the Bruce Highway upgrade south of Townsville, with vehicles travelling on the new northbound Stuart Creek bridge for the first time today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the bridge opening today was an important milestone for the $137.5 million project.

“Traffic is for the first time today driving northbound on 1.8 kilometres of the highway,” Mr Truss said.

“By next year the whole project will be complete and motorists will see yet another example of how the Australian Government is getting on with fixing the Bruce Highway.”

Member for Burdekin Rosemary Menkens said the construction team was making great progress on the highway upgrade across the entire 7 kilometre project.

“More than half a million tonnes of rock and dirt has been placed on site to date and more than 1,500 cubic metres of concrete has been used in building the bridges,” Mrs Menkens said.

“It is an impressive project and we are making great progress on delivering our stronger plan for a brighter future for all motorists.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said work could now start on the new southbound Stuart Creek bridge.

“Locals will be excited to see works ramping up at both the northern and southern ends of the project as it moves closer to completion,” Mr Christensen said.

“In August major works will start on a new signalised intersection at Lakeside Drive, between the racetrack and Fairfield shopping precinct.”

The Australian Government is providing $110 million to the project and the Queensland Government is contributing $27.5 million.