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 Highway pavement widening safety works south of Tararan Creek Bridge completed

Media Release

WT007/2016

13 January 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

Pavement widening works south of Tararan Creek bridge, on the Bruce Highway near Gin Gin, have been completed ahead of schedule, with the final seal and some line marking to be applied next month.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $1.8 million pavement widening works delivered major safety improvements for all road users on this section on the Bruce Highway.

“The Bruce Highway Pavement Widening projects form part of the Australian Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme and are jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the upgrade will improve safety for all motorists on this section of the highway.

“The project has involved widening a one kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway south of Tararan Creek Bridge,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“The wider lanes have allowed for the creation of a one-metre wide centre line to increase the gap between vehicles travelling in opposite directions, which will reduce the risk of head-on crashes and enhance lane separation wherever there has been a history of such incidents.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the benefits of wide centre line treatments have been experienced across the state.

“The line marking creates a buffer zone for motorists to safely move around vehicles stopped on the side of the road, without having to enter the oncoming lane,” Mr Bailey said.

“We have a number of sites in the Wide Bay and Burnett district where we will roll out similar safety improvements during the next two years. We will continue consulting with property owners and stakeholders along these work sites to help mitigate the impact on the community.”

The Australian Government contributed $1.44 million to the project, with the Queensland Government contributing $360,000.