Safer Bruce Highway en route along the Fraser Coast

Media Release

WT120/2015

29 April 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Keith Pitt

Federal Member for Hinkler

Bruce Saunders

Member for Maryborough

A $7.1 million upgrade to the Bruce Highway south of Torbanlea is about to begin, with SGQ awarded the contract to improve a 2.2 kilometre stretch of the highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said works along the stretch will include widening lanes, sealing road shoulders and adding a one-metre centre line.

“In combination, these measures will give motorists a much larger margin for error, making the highway safer. The Coalition Government is building a safer and more flood immune Bruce Highway through our record $6.7 billion investment in projects through our Infrastructure Investment Programme,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the upgrade is located near the Wongi State Forest, south of Torbanlea.

“The project will also replace some of the culverts along the highway, making it less prone to flooding during our coastal storms,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Bruce Highway is the single most important piece of infrastructure in my electorate and whenever it's closed it affects local businesses transporting their goods to market. Every dollar we invest in upgrading the highway is money in the pockets of local businesses and families.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the works are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders thanked motorists in advance for their patience while these works are being carried out.

“While the road works will create some disruption for motorists during the construction stage, the local community and road users will the ultimate beneficiaries of a safer and more efficient highway. As an added bonus, these works will deliver jobs for local workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” Mr Saunders said.

Motorists are being urged to observe all safety signage during the construction stage and to slow down and drive to conditions while travelling through the work sites.

The safety works are jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $5.6 million and the Queensland Government $1.4 million.