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

New Overtaking Lanes to Boost Safety on the Bruce Highway

Media Release


08 November 2013

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Jason Costigan

Queensland Member for Whitsunday

Work is underway to duplicate a section of the Bruce Highway at Coningsby, north of Mackay, giving motorists safer overtaking opportunities.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the project was part of a $175 million Bruce Highway Overtaking Lane program funded by the Australian Government.

“The overtaking lanes are part of a package of up to 50 being built on what is a key freight and tourism link,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, said the duplication would be 1.3 kilometres long, providing enough distance for both north and southbound motorists to overtake safely.

“The Australian Government has included in the program a $10 million investment to duplicate the existing road from north of the Coningsby School to the cane rail crossing north of Kochs Road,” Mr Christensen said.

Queensland Member for Whitsunday, Jason Costigan, said the Coningsby duplication will address changing traffic density and movements.

“More than 4,000 vehicles use this stretch of road each day and about 18 per cent of them are heavy vehicles,” Mr Costigan said.

“The Bruce Highway is a 1700km lifeline for Queensland and it is pleasing that we now have a government in Canberra serious about getting it up to a satisfactory standard.”

Construction of two more overtaking lanes north of Proserpine, at Duck Creek, commenced in October. The works, north and south of Duck Creek, are due for completion by mid-2014.