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

Bruce Highway pavement widening upgrade south of Cabbage Tree Creek completed

Media Release

WT390/2015

26 November 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads,
Road Safety and Ports

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

Motorists travelling along the Bruce Highway north of Gin Gin will experience improved road conditions following the completion earlier this month of a $1.4 million upgrade south of Cabbage Tree Creek.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the works delivered major safety improvements for all road users on this section of the Bruce Highway.

“The project involved widening a 1.2 kilometre stretch of the highway starting at the Cabbage Tree Creek Bridge and continuing south along the Bruce Highway. It gives motorists wider lanes and a one-metre wide centre line treatment to increase the separation between vehicles travelling in opposite directions,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the benefits for drivers included improved road safety, reliability and traffic flow.

“The new alignment will improve road safety at this location, particularly for heavy vehicle operators,” Mr O'Dowd said.

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the improvements along this section of the Bruce Highway were part of a concerted effort to make the highway safer.

“The wide centre line treatments are being installed at various locations along the Bruce Highway as a proactive measure to reduce the risk of head-on crashes where there is a history of incidents,” Mr Bailey said.

“This innovative design is saving lives on the Bruce Highway and has been recognised as the leader in road safety at this year's 3M–ACRS Diamond Road Safety Awards.”

The Cabbage Tree Creek upgrade was a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $1.1 million and the Queensland Government $290,000.