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

Traffic Flowing on Calliope Crossroads

Media Release

WT090/2014

11 June 2014

Joint release with:

Ken O'Dowd

Member for Flynn

Two years of construction work on the Calliope Crossroads is drawing to a close, with drivers on the Bruce and Dawson highways now enjoying safer and more efficient travel.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss joined Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd today to inspect the $105 million project.

“The Australian Government fully funded the Calliope Crossroads upgrade, a major construction project that has significantly improved the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Dawson Highways,” Mr Truss said.

“Traffic was first able to use the overpass in December 2013, however, construction was still underway with road resurfacing, line marking and drainage changes resulting in lane closures at various times.

“All lanes and ramps are now open, with the new Bruce Highway overpass bridge providing uninterrupted and safer traffic flow, along with entry and exit ramps between the Bruce Highway and Dawson Highway.

“Gladstone traffic travelling north can make use of a separate loop bridge on the Bruce Highway, and the Dawson Highway has been duplicated to four lanes.

“We are working with the Queensland Government to build a better Bruce Highway, with $6.7 billion allocated to projects along the length of the highway.”

Mr O'Dowd said the opening of the new interchange was a milestone for the Gladstone region and the new infrastructure would benefit the regional, state and national economies.

“This infrastructure will improve productivity and linkages between nearby mining enterprises, Gladstone Port and industrial regions to the north and south of the crossroads,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“The Dawson Highway duplication will also improve traffic flow and reduce travel times for commuters between Calliope and Gladstone.”

Cleaning and clearing of the project work site will continue over the following weeks.