Budget 2015: A safer, more reliable Bruce Highway
13 May 2015
The Australian Government's commitment to a safer, more reliable Bruce Highway continues under the 2015 Federal Budget with construction beginning on a series of new projects in 2015-16.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the 10-year Fix the Bruce Highway plan is already delivering tangible benefits to improve congestion, safety and reliability along the 1,700 kilometres stretch of the Bruce Highway.
“Road safety is a critical issue in Australia, costing the national economy an estimated $27 billion a year, let alone the impact on friends and families who have been affected by a road crashes,” Mr Truss said.
“The 2014-15 Federal Budget delivered on our $6.7 billion commitment to deliver a better highway for Queenslanders—a highway which is the backbone of Queensland's economy, supporting the movement of goods and people across the state.
“Under the Budget the coming 2015-16 financial year will see major work commence on Section C of the Cooroy to Curra upgrade between Traveston Road and Woondum Road south of Gympie. The Australian Government will invest $499 million to build a new four-lane divided highway.
“Work will also start on the Sandy Gully Bridge upgrade, with $46 million in Australian Government funding to enable this section of the Bruce Highway to be flood-proofed, keeping the local coal and agricultural businesses connected to the Abbot Point Port.
“Just this month, detailed design work commenced on this important project, with Aurecon Australasia announced as the preferred tenderer.
“The Tinana Interchange upgrade will also begin construction in early-2016, with the Australian Government committing $30 million to this project. This upgrade will see the interchange realigned, delivering a safer and more efficient road for local motorists and heavy freight vehicles.
“The Australian Government is committed to delivering a safer road network across the nation, as well as ensuring Queensland and Australia's future is prosperous and productive.”
Other major works on the Bruce Highway starting next financial year include:
- duplication of the Boundary Road interchange—$84 million Australian Government funding;
- the upgrade at Yellow Gin Creek south of Ayr—$36 million Australian Government funding; and
- a range of safety packages and overtaking lane projects along the length of the Bruce Highway—$632.4 million Australian Government funding.
“Combined, these projects include major upgrades and realignments, strengthening and widening, and safety measures to target crash sites and provide additional overtaking lanes and rest areas—all aimed at improving the standard of this key corridor for Queensland,” Mr Truss said.
Planning will continue on a range of projects, including the Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway upgrade, Cattle and Francis Creek upgrade, Mackay Ring Road, Haughton River and Pink Lily Lagoon upgrade, and the Cairns Southern Access Corridor—Stage 2 projects.