Bruce Highway safety works to start south of Innisfail
30 January 2015
Joint release with:
Federal Senator for Queensland
Construction is set to start on upgrading the Mourilyan Road and Rifle Range Road intersections with the Bruce Highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $3 million intersection works will be funded as part of the Australian Government's $250 million Bruce Highway—Black Spots programme.
“We are partnering with Queensland to deliver a record investment in the Bruce Highway, including important projects throughout Far North Queensland,” Mr Truss said.
“These specific works will focus on improving safety for motorists, including heavy vehicles, entering and exiting the Bruce Highway at East Innisfail.”
Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald said the upgrade projects demonstrated the Federal Coalition and State LNP Governments' commitment to road safety and improved infrastructure in regional Queensland.
“Project works at the Mourilyan and Rifle Range Road intersections will benefit local motorists, local businesses, the large number our tourists who drive the Bruce Highway every year, and commercial transport operating in the region.
“These upgrades are yet another example of the Coalition government keeping its election promise to improve and upgrade the Bruce Highway,” Senator Macdonald said.
Works will take place between 6am and 6pm Monday to Saturday during construction which is expected to be completed in May 2015.
The Australian Government has committed $6.7 billion to fund upgrade projects on the Bruce Highway over the 10 year period from 2013–14.