Bruce Highway widening works to start south of Tararan Creek
16 November 2015
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads,
Road Safety and Ports
Member for Flynn
Road safety improvement works are set to start this week on the Bruce Highway south of Tararan Creek near Gin Gin.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $1.8 million upgrade—about 30 kilometres north of Gin Gin—was another step forward in providing a safer Bruce Highway driving experience.
The Bruce Highway Pavement Widening projects form part of the Australian Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme and are jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
“The project involves widening a one kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway south of Tararan Creek Bridge. The wider lanes will allow for the installation of a one-metre wide centre line to increase the gap between vehicles travelling in opposite directions,” Mr Truss said.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the benefits of wide centre line treatments have been experienced across the state.
“The line marking creates a buffer zone for motorists to safely move around vehicles stopped on the side of the road, without having to enter the oncoming lane,” Mr Bailey said.
Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the upgrade will improve safety for all motorists on this section of the highway.
“The wide centre line treatments are being installed to reduce the risk of head-on crashes and enhance lane separation wherever there has been a history of such incidents,” Mr O'Dowd said.
“I am pleased to see this project get started, adding to a number of upgrades we've seen to the highway thanks to the Australian Government's ironclad commitment to fixing the Bruce.”
The Australian Government is contributing $1.44 million to the project with the Queensland Government contributing $360,000.
The works are expected to be completed by late December 2015 and more information is available at Bundaberg.email@example.com or by calling 1300 728 390 during business hours.