Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Bruce now safer with third overtaking lane near Cardwell

Media Release

WT321/2015

15 September 2015

Joint release with:

Ian Macdonald

Senator for Queensland

The drive between Tully and Cardwell is now safer, with the completion of a third overtaking lane in a $20 million strategy targeted at improving the Bruce Highway in the region.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project is part of the Australian Government's programme of important infrastructure improvements in far north Queensland.

“This new overtaking lane between Dallachy Creek and Yellow Waterhole Creek will create safer overtaking opportunities, reduce travel times and improve traffic flows through this section of the highway,” Mr Truss said.

“It is the third overtaking lane to be added to the Bruce Highway north of Cardwell since June 2014. The first was built between Pungi and Dundonald Creeks, and the second between Broderick and Feluga Roads.”

Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald said the works have strengthened a key arterial link in north Queensland.

“We are connecting people and places for the benefit of local as well as interstate road users including residents, tourists, business owners and freight operators,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Driver safety is vital on the Bruce Highway and is a priority of the Australian Government.

“These three new overtaking lanes are a significant investment in road safety on the Bruce Highway and are yet another example of the Coalition Government honouring its election commitments in Kennedy.”

The works were completed on time and within budget, with an average of 42 jobs supported over the life of the project.