Bruce Highway to receive $46.7 million safety improvement

Construction will soon begin on four upgrades to Bruce Highway in Central Queensland.

Targeting safety, the Queensland government has announced that $46.7 million has been allocated to the widening and reconstruction of road surfaces and intersection upgrades on the major freight route.

The lion’s share, $32 million, has been earmarked for improvements on the highway between Bajool and Midgee, while the stretch between Miriam Vale and Bororen will receive widening, reconstruction and intersection upgrades valued at $6.7 million.

$5.2 million is to be spent on safety works and intersection upgrades at Atkinson Road, Raspberry Creek Road and Kooltandra Road, north of Rockhampton.

The Bruce Highway¬–South Ulam Road intersection in Bajool is set to receive a $2.8 million safety upgrade.

“The Bruce Highway is the economic backbone of many Queensland communities and our freight and tourism industries rely on it for their prosperity,” Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd said. “These upgrades will cater for the highway’s continuing traffic growth and boost safety for all motorists in the region.
“These much-needed safety upgrades will include pavement widening, rebuilding rough, potholed or corrugated sections of highway and upgrading intersections to separate turning vehicles from highway traffic.”

Jim Pearce, Member for Mirani, added, “The Bruce Highway is Queensland’s major north-south freight and tourism route, providing economic lifeblood to communities. The works will include shoulder widening and a wide centre line treatment, to add to 200km of wide centre line safety works recently completed on the Bruce Highway in Central Queensland.”

Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, commented that the Government in investing heavily in safety upgrades to address an increase in road trauma over the past 12 months. “The Australian Government is redoubling its efforts to save lives by investing $6.7 billion in upgrades along the Bruce Highway between 2013-14 and 2022-23,” he said.

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