Vantassel to Cluden Upgrade Maintaining Pace

Media Release


10 June 2014

Joint release with:

Ewan Jones

Member for Herbert

Rosemary Menkens

Member for Burdekin

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss kicked off a two-day tour of key Bruce Highway upgrades with an inspection of works at Townsville's southern entrance.

Mr Truss was joined by Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones today at the $137.5 million Vantassel to Cluden Bruce Highway upgrade.

Mr Truss said the upgrade was an example of the Australian Government's commitment to fixing the Bruce Highway.

“The benefits of this project go beyond Townsville—we are prioritising works along the length of the Bruce Highway to support northern Queensland's growing population and diverse industries, including tourism, freight, agriculture, defence and resources,” Mr Truss said.

“We are delivering 45 new projects and 16 ongoing projects along the Bruce Highway by providing $6.7 billion over the next ten years through our Fix the Bruce Highway plan, which will give Queensland the infrastructure it has deserved for decades.”

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones said the project would duplicate approximately seven kilometres of highway from two lanes to four lanes and significantly improve the highway's immunity to flooding.

“Great progress is being made on the upgrade, with a number of milestones already achieved over the last few months,” Mr Jones said.

“Significant structural works on the northbound Stuart Creek bridge are already complete, and the first span has been installed on the new rail overpass.

“The works will also tie in with recent access upgrades to the Port of Townsville, which will increase productivity for freight operators by upgrading the intersection of the Bruce Highway and the new Southern Port Road. All this is great news for Townsville's economy.”

Queensland Member for Burdekin Rosemary Menkens said motorists could expect to see big changes along the highway as construction works progress in the coming months.

“The project's first traffic switch occurred on Saturday, so traffic is already driving on new sections of road around the Abbott Street intersection,” Mrs Menkens said.

“We will now turn our attention to construction of new lanes for the Bruce Highway around the intersection, while ensuring the highway stays open for the 16,000 vehicles using it each day.”

The Australian Government has committed $110 million to the project, with the Queensland Government providing the remaining $27.5 million.