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 improvements delivered ahead of schedule

Media Release

BJ012/2018

01 February 2018

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

A $9 million project to widen and strengthen a section of the Bruce Highway south of Townsville near Julago and Nome is now safer for motorists after works were completed ahead of schedule.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the $9 million project would improve the safety, access and reliability of the highway.

“Building a better, safer Bruce Highway is all part of keeping our coastal Queensland communities connected, improving driver safety and giving businesses every opportunity to succeed,” Mr Joyce said.

“More than 7,000 vehicles use this section of the highway each day—many of them heavy vehicles—and these works have made the pavement more resistant to wear and tear.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey congratulated crews for completing the upgrades so quickly.

“These upgrades will make life easier for people travelling south of Townsville, and for those who ultimately call Elliot Springs home,” Mr Bailey said.

“We want people spending less time on the road, and more time doing what they enjoy, and that's what these improvements will do.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the works would help save lives.

“Two sections of the highway, between Three Sisters Road and Billabong Sanctuary, and between Billabong Sanctuary and the Sunbird Motel, have been upgraded. One-metre-wide centreline treatments and audio tactile line marking have been applied as part of this project, both of which greatly reduce the risk of head-on collisions,” Mr Christensen said.

“Not only have we delivered for Queensland motorists, but I'm proud to say the works were completed well ahead of schedule.”

The Australian Government contributed $7.2 million to the road widening and strengthening project, and the Queensland Government contributed $1.8 million.

The project is part of a broader pavement widening package of works between south of Home Hill and North Ingham, being delivered under the jointly funded $8.5 billion, 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.