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Coalition delivers on Tinana Interchange commitment



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SENATOR THE HON. FIONA NASH MINSTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, AND RURAL HEALTH

MR LLEW O’BRIEN LNP CANDIDATE FOR WIDE BAY

THE HON WARREN TRUSS FORMER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

18 June 2016

COALITION DELIVERS ON TINANA INTERCHANGE COMMITMENT

Construction will shortly commence on the $38 million Tinana Interchange - ensuring the delivery of one of the Coalition’s key 2013 election commitments to Wide Bay.

Minister for Regional Development, Regional Communications and Rural Health Fiona Nash, LNP Candidate for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, today announced that Georgiou Group had been selected to undertake the works.

Mr O’Brien said the project will deliver improved safety and efficiency, and a smoother exit from the Bruce Highway to Maryborough.

He said the commitment was made by Mr Truss at the last election and had now undergone an extensive consultation, design and tender process.

“Today’s announcement is proof that the Coalition is delivering on its 2013 election commitment to fix the Bruce Highway,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This is a much needed upgrade which reflects our broader commitment to investing in priority local road projects.

“Works will include the construction of a new overpass on to Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road, off-ramps and the introduction of a wide centre line treatment.”

“The existing southbound highway off-ramp to Gympie Road will be removed and a new off-ramp for southbound traffic will be built at Iindah Road West.

“Improvements will also be made to the highway on-ramp from Gympie Road and the existing Three Mile Road West intersection.”

Mr Truss said the project would cater for the Fraser Coast’s growing population whilst improving safety for all road users.

He said the Coalition was committing up to $30.4 million to the upgrade with the Queensland Government to provide up to $7.6 million.

“The new interchange will be a far more attractive and inviting welcome to one of Queensland's premier tourism destinations, including Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Fraser Island,” Mr Truss said.

“Once complete, both through lanes of Bruce Highway traffic will travel under the new overpass.

“As a result of the upgrade, the number and severity of crashes, maintenance costs and vehicle operating costs, are all expected to be reduced.”

Minister Nash paid tribute to Mr Truss for making sure that the upgrade was delivered for the Maryborough community.

“This upgrade simply would not have been possible without Warren’s advocacy for the project to be a part of our plan to fix the Bruce Highway,” Minister Nash said.

“As someone who regularly travels on regional roads, I understand how critical improving safety and relieving congestion is for all motorists.

“As Deputy Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional Development, I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to. Investing in key transport infrastructure is a big part of that.

“Works will begin soon and it’s important that local residents remain patient as there will be some disruptions throughout the construction phase”.

Upgrade works are expected to begin in August.

ENDS

Media contact for Minister Nash: Les White 0409 805 122