More safety upgrades soon for the Bruce

More than $50 million in safety upgrades for the Bruce Highway between Mackay and Proserpine will start this month, supporting 95 jobs in the region.

The jointly Australian and Queensland Government-funded project will be built by locally based company Vassallo Construction at a time when supporting local jobs has never been more important.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project would deliver a safer section of the Bruce Highway from The Leap to Careys Creek.

"We are committed to delivering the Government’s $100 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline, which will support our economy and create jobs, particularly for those in the construction and building supply chain sectors, through the current COVID-19 outbreak," Mr McCormack said.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said now more than ever, keeping work flowing on the Bruce Highway is crucial to supporting local jobs, safety and the region’s supply chain.

"Our investment in transport and roads is supporting industry to sustain over 21,500 jobs across Queensland. We will do everything we can to make sure these jobs are maintained," Mr Bailey said.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the package of works between Mackay and Proserpine will address safety concerns on Queensland’s main north-south commuter, tourist and freight route.

"The existing road will be upgraded to improve driver safety, freight efficiency and heavy vehicle management – crucial aspects for this major trade link," Mr Christensen said.

State Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the community, local businesses and suppliers rely on roads to keep moving and access essential services.

"Works will include upgrades to nine intersections, town entry improvements at Kuttabul and The Leap, a bus stop at The Leap Store, installation of safety barriers and extension of an existing overtaking lane," Mrs Gilbert said.

"The upgrades will also reduce the risk of driver fatigue by providing audio tactile line marking to alert drivers who may drift from the lane.

"We’ve committed more than $1.3 billion for projects like this and the Mackay Ring Road, supporting more than 1,000 jobs, and getting families, businesses and industry home sooner and safer."

For more on the upgrade visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au

Media Contact:

Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254

Mr Bailey – Toby Walker 0439 347 875

Mr Christensen – Lynnis Bonanno 0408 773 207

Mrs Gilbert – Electorate Office (07) 4960 7100