Bruce Highway upgrades central to Queensland prosperity
29 October 2015
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Dawson
Central Queensland's road network continues to benefit from significant improvements with a range of upgrades on the Bruce Highway reaching key milestones.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss visited the site of the Showgrounds intersection upgrade in Mackay with Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen today and said upgrading the Bruce Highway would ensure Central Queensland communities remain safely connected.
“The Bruce Highway forms a key transport link along the east coast of Australia, connecting small towns with major cities, as well as suppliers with domestic and international markets,” Mr Truss said.
Mr Christensen said the $13.8 million Showgrounds intersection upgrade was one of many safety related projects included in the $241.8 million Bruce Highway—Black Spots programme.
“The other key project in the pipeline for the Mackay region is the $565 million Mackay Ring Road which will support 600 jobs, and is currently in the design phase,” Mr Christensen said.
“Further investment in the Bruce Highway has been underway in the north. We've seen significant investment for the southern entry to Townsville where the Coalition Government committed $122.8 million towards the recently completed $153.5 million Vantassel to Cluden duplication project.
“Other projects underway in the Dawson electorate include the jointly funded $45 million Yellow Gin Creek Bridge upgrade which will upgrade particularly dangerous sections of road along the Bruce Highway, with completion expected in mid-2019.
“The Australian Government has committed $160 million towards the $200 million Townsville Ring Road Section 4 project, which commenced construction earlier this year. South of Mackay, the Australian Government has committed $136 million towards the $170 million Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade project.
“Tenders for the Eton Range upgrade are also being currently considered, with the Australian Government committing $166 million to the project to improve safety on the Peak Downs Highway.
“The investment in Central and North Queensland roads had been an important boost to the region, with many local businesses relying on the local road network for prosperity.
“This region supports a range of industries from mining through to agriculture, each of which require good access to ports and roads to get goods to market. Importantly they also support the employment of many residents, as well as providing great access to the many tourists who visit this region.”
More information on the Bruce Highway Upgrade Programme can be found at http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/projects/brucehighway.aspx