A safer Bruce Highway north of Benaraby
04 February 2016
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Flynn
New overtaking lanes now open near the Old Ten Chain Road intersection north of Benaraby are making the Bruce Highway safer for motorists travelling in central Queensland.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the 2.16 kilometres of new overtaking lanes mean a less frustrating trip for all drivers.
“Being able to safely pass slower vehicles is a major boost to safety, as is the installation of a one-metre wide centre line to increase the distance between opposing directions of traffic,” Mr Truss said.
“This project is part of a major safety initiative being rolled out by the Australian Government to save lives on the road network.”
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the $7.65 million project was fully funded by the Australian Government.
“This is another major improvement to the Bruce Highway in central Queensland, which I've supported and the Australian Government delivered,” Mr O'Dowd said.
“As well as improving safety for all drivers, an average of 24 direct jobs were supported over the construction life of this project. That's a strong boost to the community and local economy.
“These new north and southbound overtaking lanes between Benaraby and Calliope will be greatly appreciated by all drivers.
“The upgrade to the Old Ten Chain Road intersection with the highway also means turning vehicles now have their own lane while through traffic can safely continue uninterrupted.”
The new overtaking lanes add to recently upgraded sections of the Bruce Highway in central Queensland, including improvements south of Cabbage Tree Creek, widening a one kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway south of Tararan Creek Bridge and the $170 million Yeppen Floodplain project.