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

Works Underway for the Showgrounds Intersection

Media Release


07 November 2013

Joint release with:

George Chistensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Works are now underway on an additional southbound lane on the Bruce Highway at the Showgrounds intersection in Mackay.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the $13.8 million upgrade is part of the Australian Government's commitment to improving roads in the region. 

“Adding an extra lane to this high traffic-density intersection will increase capacity, relieve traffic congestion and enable us to meet future growth,” Mr Truss said.

“The existing single left-turn lane into Gordon Street will be widened to provide an additional left-turn lane.

“This will help prevent a build-up of incoming traffic from the Bruce Highway, and pave the way for a more orderly entrance into the city,” he said.

Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, said the project will increase travelling efficiency and connectivity for road users.  

“Preliminary works include the clearing of vegetation and building the initial embankment needed to widen the road,” Mr Christensen said. 

“These works are expected to be complete before the wet season starts.

“Motorists shouldn't expect any traffic delays at this stage of works, however we do ask that they look out for signage to ensure their safety and the safety of workers,” he said.

The contract to upgrade the Showgrounds intersection has been awarded to Vassallo Constructions.

The next stage of the project will start after the wet season. These works will include the completion of the road embankment and upgrades to the pavement as well as improvements to the layouts of the Showgrounds and Shakespeare Street intersections.

The Australian Government is fully funding this project as part of the $250 million Bruce Highway—Black Spot package.