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

Full Speed Ahead on Vantassel to Cluden Upgrade

Media Release


22 July 2014

Joint release with:

Rosemary Menkens

Member for Burdekin

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Good speed is being made on the Bruce Highway upgrade south of Townsville, with vehicles travelling on the new northbound Stuart Creek bridge for the first time today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the bridge opening today was an important milestone for the $137.5 million project.

“Traffic is for the first time today driving northbound on 1.8 kilometres of the highway,” Mr Truss said.

“By next year the whole project will be complete and motorists will see yet another example of how the Australian Government is getting on with fixing the Bruce Highway.”

Member for Burdekin Rosemary Menkens said the construction team was making great progress on the highway upgrade across the entire 7 kilometre project.

“More than half a million tonnes of rock and dirt has been placed on site to date and more than 1,500 cubic metres of concrete has been used in building the bridges,” Mrs Menkens said.

“It is an impressive project and we are making great progress on delivering our stronger plan for a brighter future for all motorists.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said work could now start on the new southbound Stuart Creek bridge.

“Locals will be excited to see works ramping up at both the northern and southern ends of the project as it moves closer to completion,” Mr Christensen said.

“In August major works will start on a new signalised intersection at Lakeside Drive, between the racetrack and Fairfield shopping precinct.”

The Australian Government is providing $110 million to the project and the Queensland Government is contributing $27.5 million.