Contract awarded for overtaking lanes between Proserpine and Mackay on the Bruce Highway
26 November 2015
Joint release with:
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.