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Qld's biggest National Highway project in a decade opened today.



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Australian Government

Senator The Hon Ron Boswell Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

The Hon Steve Bredhauer Queensland Minister for Transport and Minister for Main Roads

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT 18 September, 2003

QLD’S BIGGEST NATIONAL HIGHWAY PROJECT IN A DECADE OPENED TODAY

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Senator Ron Boswell, and State Transport Minister, Steve Bredhauer today opened Queensland’s biggest National Highway project in a decade.

Senator Boswell and Mr Bredhauer officiated at the ceremony to commission the $110 million upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Yandina and Cooroy into the Australian Government’s National Highway network.

“With the completion of this major project, we have eliminated some of the worst crash spots along the Bruce Highway in south-east Queensland,” Senator Boswell said.

The completed roadwork included five major construction projects - • a new overpass for Yandina Creek Road, • an overpass and access roads at the Eumundi-Noosa road intersection, • an overpass at the Eumundi-Kenilworth road intersection, • new bridges for the four-lane highway over the North Maroochy River and • four-laning of the Bruce Highway between Yandina and Cooroy.

“The Sunshine Coast is growing at about 3 per cent a year. On this section of highway, commercial vehicles represent 15 per cent of the 14 to 18 thousand vehicle daily traffic and transportation of freight is estimated to be valued at over $43 million daily,” Senator Boswell said. “So it certainly warranted the $110 million investment.”

Mr Bredhauer said this important project had been finished on time.

“This work will improve safety, convenience and access for the local community, visitors, through-traffic and freight transporters,” he said.

“The project has also featured an innovative environmental management system from its inception.”

“The original pavement, mulch, fill and site-quarried rock were all recycled into the upgraded highway. Plant and equipment material were also recycled where possible.”

“Moves such as these limit the impact these vital projects have on the environment.”

Mr Bredhauer said the work removed the need for high, heavy vehicles to travel on local roads.

“A network of service roads for local traffic reduces community disruptions and improves safety,” he said.

“We included pedestrian access on all overbridges and provided bus stops and cycle facilities for school children on the service roads.”

Senator Boswell revealed details of additional works planned for the Bruce Highway in the immediate future, including intersection safety improvements at Gympie at a cost of around $3 million in 2003-04.

He said the Australian Government had also allocated $1 million initially for a study into upgrading and deviation options for the Bruce Highway north to Curra, at the foot of the Gunalda Range.

Works to widen the Bruce Highway to six and eight lanes south of Caboolture were also well underway with the eventual aim to have the highway upgraded to at least four lanes, from Brisbane to north of the Gunalda range.

Media contacts Paul Leven - 0417 225 176 - Senator Boswell’s office Louise Foley - 0407 966 829 - Minister Bredhauer’s office