Tenders called for overtaking lanes at Careys and Kitty creeks

Media Release

WT279/2015

03 September 2015

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Member for Dawson

Tenders are now open for the contract to construct overtaking lanes at Careys Creek and Kitty Creek on the Bruce Highway around 50 kilometres north of Mackay.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project will involve the construction of two sets of overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound.

“Creating safer overtaking opportunities is part of the Government's overall strategy to improve the Bruce Highway. Upgrades like these not only increase capacity, they also substantially reduce the number of risky manoeuvres drivers sometimes take when passing slower vehicles, particular large trucks,” Mr Truss said.

“The $7 million overtaking lanes at Careys and Kitty creeks are being fully funded under the Australian Government's $110 million Bruce Highway- Overtaking Lanes package, as part of the Government's $6.7 billion commitment to fixing the Bruce Highway.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the project is an example of the importance the government places on delivering a safer Bruce Highway.

“I am a champion for infrastructure investment in central Queensland because projects such as this one help underpin hundreds of local jobs. Not only are we building better roads, we are supporting local families through ongoing employment opportunities,” Mr Christensen said.

“More than 5000 vehicles travel daily between Mackay and Proserpine, with approximately 800 of those being heavy vehicles.

“The Bruce Highway is a critical transport link for the state and nation, and construction of these new overtaking lanes will significantly reduce the risk of accidents on this section of the highway.”

Construction of the new overtaking lanes will start later this year and is expected to be completed by mid-2016.