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

Work starts on overtaking lanes at Alligator Creek south of Townsville

Media Release

WT414/2015

07 December 2015

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Work has now begun on building new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between Alligator Creek Road and Allendale Drive, south of Townsville.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said creating safer opportunities for vehicles to overtake is an important part of the Australian Government's overall strategy to improve the Bruce Highway.

“The Bruce Highway is the key artery for regional Queensland and we are always looking at ways to enhance driving conditions on this vital network—overtaking lanes being one of the most needed,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government has committed to funding the full $9.8 million cost of building the new overtaking lanes on this 2.3 kilometre stretch of the highway to make it safer and more efficient for the around 8000 vehicles that use this section each day.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said upgrades like this increase capacity and reduce the number of risky manoeuvres drivers sometimes take when passing slower vehicles, particularly large trucks.

“Around 8,000 vehicles use this section of the highway every day and providing safer overtaking opportunities is critical for improving safety for all motorists who drive the Bruce Highway in North Queensland every day,” Mr Christensen said.

“An average of 29 jobs will be supported over the life of the project, providing valuable employment opportunities for locals.

“The project is due for completion in late-2016, weather permitting.”

The Australian Government has committed $275 million towards the construction of overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway through the Infrastructure Investment Programme.