Safer and smoother Bruce Highway upgrade now operational

Media Release

WT112/2015

22 April 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Burdekin motorists are set for a safer drive, with a $50 million upgrade project on the Bruce Highway from Sandy Corner to Collinsons Lagoon officially opened today.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Member for Dawson George Christensen commissioned the upgrade this morning.

“This project has delivered significant improvements to safety, flood immunity and freight efficiency on the Bruce Highway, benefitting more than 7,000 vehicles each day,” Mr Truss said.

“The Coalition Government is building a safer and more reliable Bruce Highway through our record $6.7 billion investment in projects along its length through our Infrastructure Investment Programme.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the upgrade involved a range of safety improvements.

“The completed works comprise a realignment of the highway, a new southbound overtaking lane, intersection improvements and construction of an overpass which separates road and rail infrastructure,” Mr Christensen said.

“This stretch of the highway is now much easier for motorists and heavy vehicles to travel. Drivers will no longer be delayed by having to stop at the level crossing and the flood immunity works will help reduce the frequency and duration of road closures due to flooding.”

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey was represented at the commissioning by Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O'Rourke MP.

Mrs O'Rourke said the project was an excellent example of what can be achieved when the Australian and Queensland Governments work together to deliver key infrastructure in Queensland.

“The project involved the construction of more than 3km of new highway and the strengthening and widening of a further 2km along the existing highway,” Mrs O'Rourke said.

“As an added bonus, this project has provided 65 jobs for workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever.”

The $50 million Sandy Corner to Collinsons Lagoon project has been jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $40 million and the Queensland Government $10 million.