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

Contract awarded for overtaking lanes between Proserpine and Mackay on the Bruce Highway

Media Release

WT397/2015

26 November 2015

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Member for Dawson

Work is set to begin on constructing two overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Mackay, with a contract for the $7 million project being awarded to Doval Constructions.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Doval Constructions will construct a southbound overtaking lane at Kitty Creek, 10 kilometres north of Kuttabul, and a northbound overtaking lane at Carey's Creek, seven kilometres south of Calen.

“The Australian Government's commitment to fully fund these works will provide for major safety and efficiency gains on this stretch of the Bruce Highway,” Mr Truss said.

“Overtaking lanes are a great way to address some of the safety and capacity constraints currently experienced on some sections of the Bruce Highway.

“Upgrades like these not only increase capacity, but also allow motorists to safely overtake slower moving vehicles like trucks, buses and cars towing caravans.

“The new overtaking lanes will help reduce the number of risky manoeuvres motorists sometimes make to overtake these sorts of vehicles.”

Member for Dawson George Christensen said the Australian Government recognised the importance of delivering more overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway.

“More than 5,000 vehicles travel between Mackay and Proserpine each day and approximately 800 of these are heavy vehicles,” Mr Christensen said.

“New overtaking lanes like these not only make travelling the highway safer, they also give commercial vehicle operators the efficiency gains they need to succeed in a very competitive market place.

“The Australian Government is committed to delivering further improvements like this along the length of the Bruce Highway to ensure the economic benefits that result from a more efficient road transport system flow both to Queensland and the nation.”

The project is expected to commence soon, and be completed by late 2016.