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More Bruce Highway safety upgrades in Central Queensland



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Darren Chester Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Ken O’Dowd Federal Member for Flynn

Michelle Landry Federal Member for Capricornia

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Glenn Butcher Member for Gladstone

Jim Pearce Member for Mirani

Joint Media Statement

10 November 2016

More Bruce Highway safety upgrades In Central Queensland

 Four projects totalling $46.7 million set to start on Bruce Highway in Central Queensland  128 jobs to be supported during construction

The ongoing work involved with building a safer Bruce Highway is continuing, with construction set to start soon on a package of four upgrades in Central Queensland.

Works will include widening and reconstruction of the road surface along stretches of the highway, as well as a number of intersection upgrades.

Projects included in the safety upgrades include:

 $5.2 million for safety works and an intersection upgrade at Atkinson Road, Raspberry Creek Road and Kooltrandra Road north of Rockhampton  $32 million will be spent upgrading the highway between Bajool and Midgee (Rockhampton)  $2.8 million for safety and intersection upgrades at South Ulam Road (Bajool) and Gentle Annie

Road (Raglan)  $6.7 million for widening, reconstruction and intersection upgrades from Miriam Vale to Bororen

Quotes attributable to Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester: “Road trauma has increased nationally over the last 12 months, and 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.”

Quotes attributable to Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey: “One of the simple but effective ways of making the Bruce Highway safer is by widening the gap between centre lines in places. Wide centre lines were introduced in Queensland in 2010, and data indicates a 43 per cent reduction in fatal and hospitalisation crashes where vehicles have crossed the centre line. That’s why we are adding to the upgraded 711 kilometres of wide centre lines on the Bruce Highway so far.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd: “The Bruce Highway is the economic backbone of many Queensland communities and our freight and tourism industries rely on it for their prosperity. 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.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry: “These projects are about improving safety and efficiency on the Bruce Highway - especially at rural dangerous intersections. Works will include upgrading eight intersections - at Koorawatha Drive, Reedbed Road, Scotts Road, Upper Ulam Road, Comino Road, Mogilno Road, Gavial-Gracemere Road and Roope Road at Midgee. At many of these intersections, turning traffic has to sit stationary on the highway before turning into the side road. These works mean that turning vehicles will soon have their own lane while highway traffic can safely continue uninterrupted.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher: “More than 5,000 motorists travel on the highway between Rockhampton and Gladstone every day and the Queensland Government has worked closely with the Federal Government to ensure a larger scope of work is covered in this safety package.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Mirani Jim Pearce: “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.”

Media Contacts For Mr Chester: Kerri Griffiths 0417 617 482

For Mr Bailey: Zoe Russell 0428 079 640