FK Gardner and Sons to construct Bruce Highway overtaking lanes south of Townsville

Media Release

WT346/2015

29 October 2015

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Works will start mid-November on the $9.84 million overtaking lanes project on the Bruce Highway at Alligator Creek, south of Townsville.

This follows confirmation that FK Gardner and Sons have been awarded the contract for the project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said creating more and safer overtaking options is part of the Australian Government's strategy to fix the Bruce Highway.

“The Australian Government has fully funded this $9.84 million project to construct a new set of overtaking lanes just south of Townsville to make the highway safer and more efficient for the 8,000 vehicles that travel this road every day,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said upgrades like these not only increase capacity, but also reduce the number of risky manoeuvres drivers sometimes make when passing slower vehicles, particularly large trucks.

“Providing safer overtaking opportunities is really critical for improving safety for the thousands of motorists driving the Bruce Highway in North Queensland every day,” Mr Christensen said.

“This project will deliver a new set of northbound and southbound overtaking lanes on the 2.3 kilometre section between Alligator Creek Road and Allendale Drive.

“An average of 29 jobs will also be supported over the life of the project, providing valuable employment opportunities for locals at a time when they are needed most.”

The project is due for completion in 2016.