Landry delivers new overtaking lanes on the Bruce

Media Release

WT025/2015

30 January 2015

Joint release with:

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

Two new overtaking lanes south of Sarina opened by Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry today are already boosting safety for all motorists on the Bruce Highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said creating safer overtaking opportunities was part of an overall strategy to improve the Bruce Highway.

“These new lanes are providing better overtaking conditions for everyone travelling on the Bruce Highway, contributing to fewer accidents and reduced congestion,” Mr Truss said.

“The project has been fully funded by the Australian Government as part of our $175 million Overtaking Lanes programme. We are working hard to build a better, safer Bruce Highway, in partnership with the Queensland Government.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the $8.5 million project involved construction of a 1 kilometre northbound overtaking lane and a 1.1 kilometre southbound overtaking lane between Koumala and Sarina.

“This is great news for the region, with more than 5,000 drivers traveling on this stretch of highway every day,” Ms Landry said.

“Keeping the Bruce Highway moving is vital for Queensland's economic performance and these new lanes will reduce time spent on the road by locals, visitors and our freight industry.”

The Australian Government has committed a further $275 million from 2014–15 for the construction of new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway through the Infrastructure Investment Programme.