New Bruce Highway overtaking lanes south of Marlborough

Media Release

WT268/2015

20 August 2015

Joint release with:

Michelle Landry

Member for Capricornia

Work began this week on a $7.9 million Australian Government project to build new north and south-bound overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway about ten kilometres south of Marlborough.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the 3.4 kilometres of new overtaking lanes will give drivers the opportunity to safely pass slower vehicles, including trucks, buses and caravans.

“These new overtaking lanes will reduce the likelihood of drivers taking risks to pass vehicles on this long stretch of the Bruce Highway,” Mr Truss said.

“People driving the highway between Rockhampton and Mackay have been calling for additional overtaking opportunities for a number of years, and this government is delivering.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the project continues the Federal Coalition's job-creating investment in highways in Capricornia.

She said a metre-wide centre line will be painted between the new overtaking lanes to boost safety and potentially reduce the road toll, saving lives.

“Increasing the gap between oncoming vehicles is a major safety initiative being rolled out to improve safety on the road network,” Ms Landry said.

“Over the past two years, more than 90 kilometres of the highway in central Queensland has been upgraded and these new overtaking lanes will help further improve road safety and efficiency along the Bruce.”

BMD Constructions has been awarded the contract to construct the new lanes which will be open to traffic in 2016.

For up-to-date information on road works and other traffic information, visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 131940.