Community engagement starts on Tinana interchange upgrade
15 October 2015
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads,
Road Safety and Ports
Community engagement is now underway regarding the $38 million upgrade of the Bruce Highway interchange at Tinana.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the project will deliver improved safety and efficiency and a smoother exit from the Bruce Highway to Maryborough.
“This upgrade is high on the local priority list, and the start of community consultation marks the beginning of the delivery of one of my significant commitments from the last election, which will benefit not only Bruce Highway motorists but the whole Fraser Coast,” Mr Truss said.
“The upgrade is expected to reduce the number and severity of crashes, reduce maintenance costs and vehicle operating costs, and enable the posted speed limit to be increased. The project involves constructing a new overpass on to Maryborough-Hervey Bay road and a new northbound off-ramp and overpass structure requiring motorists to exit to the left instead of the right.
“Once complete, both through lanes of Bruce Highway traffic will travel under the new overpass and be separated by a wide centre line treatment. The existing southbound highway off-ramp to Gympie Road will also be removed and a new off-ramp for southbound traffic will be constructed at Iindah Road.
“The new interchange will be a far more attractive and inviting welcome to one of Queensland's premier tourism destinations, including Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Fraser Island.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said interchange had a poor safety record and this long awaited project would provide a long term solution.
“We've undertaken temporary measures including dropping speed limits and signage upgrades which have reduced the number of crashes in the area,” Mr Bailey said.
“I'm very pleased we are now in a position to share permanent plans on improving this interchange with the community. I encourage the broader community to review the plans and provide feedback to Transport and Main Roads before the design is finalised later this year.
“All going to plan, motorists and the Maryborough community could start seeing construction activities as early as May next year.”
For further information regarding the project please visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au Projects Bruce Highway (Tinana interchange).
The Bruce Highway Tinana Interchange Upgrade has been a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $30.4 million and the Queensland Government $7.6 million.