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Bruce Highway upgrade gets underway

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development - Warren Truss

Bruce Highway upgrade gets underway 28th October, 2013

THE Bruce Highway is set for a major makeover south of Townsville as construction on the $137.5 million Vantassel Street to Cluden Duplication project gets underway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, today announced the official start of construction on the North’s next major infrastructure project.

“We know the Bruce Highway is a vital link for North Queensland, with its growing population and diverse industries, including tourism, freight, agriculture, defence and resources,” Mr Truss said.

“That is why we are investing $8.5 billion in conjunction with the Queensland government in the Bruce Highway to support the future growth of these industries and give North Queensland the safer, more reliable highway they deserve.”

At the official start of works, Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, said the project would duplicate seven kilometres of highway from two lanes to four lanes.

“Major upgrades will be carried out on the intersections at Hunter Street, Abbott Street, Lakeside Drive and Stuart Drive,” Mr Christensen said.

“A new four lane overpass of the rail line at Cluden will separate traffic from the existing open level crossing, significantly improving safety on the highway.

“The project will also construct two new bridges over Stuart Creek, as well as new drainage structures under other sections to improve flood immunity and reduce the number of highway closures because of flooding.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Scott Emerson, said the project team would be working under challenging conditions to ensure that the highway continued to cater for up to 16,000 vehicle trips a day while the work is in progress.

“For the safety of motorists and workers, there will be a 60 kilometre speed restriction in place between Vantassel Street and Stuart Drive,” Mr Emerson said.

Construction is due for completion by mid-2015.