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Bruce Highway widening officially opened: Joint media statement.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon John Anderson MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of The Nationals

20 January 2005 Joint 1/2005

Joint Media Statement

The Hon John Anderson MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of The Nationals

Paul Lucas

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

BRUCE HIGHWAY WIDENING OFFICIALLY OPENED

The Acting Prime Minister, John Anderson, and the Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Paul Lucas, have officially opened a $40 million upgrade and widening of the Bruce Highway between Dohles Rocks Road and Boundary Road, north of Brisbane.

The Australian Government funded the upgrade from the Centenary of Federation Fund, which marked Australia's 100th birthday with enduring projects of national significance. Other Federation Fund commitments included $100 million of the Government's contribution to the Alice Springs-Darwin railway and three new bridges across the Murray River.

"The upgrade has widened the highway between Dohles Rocks Road and Boundary Road from four to six lanes. Over the next five years, the Australian Government will spend $196 million on widening the highway to six lanes all the way from the Gateway Motorway to Caboolture," Mr Anderson said.

"We are investing the funds under AusLink, our $12.5 billion land transport plan. It's the equivalent of two Snowy Mountains Schemes, and will dramatically improve Australia's roads and railways - including the Bruce Highway."

The Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Paul Lucas, said the Dohles Rocks Road to Boundary Road upgrade, built by Bielby Holdings, would ease congestion on a road now carrying 90,000 vehicles a day.

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"This area, between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, has experienced rapid population growth. The upgrade will alleviate traffic congestion during the morning and evening peak hours," he said.

"It will benefit local residents, local businesses and also holidaying families who make heavy use of the Bruce Highway at this time of year. It will also provide a smoother and safer travelling experience for motorists.

"In all, 135,000 cubic metres of soil and rock were excavated, 82,000 cubic metres of embankments were built and 150,000 tonnes of asphalt were laid. The existing highway was reconstructed and lowered to achieve greater height clearances at the Brays Road Overpass and the Anzac Avenue Interchange. Koala fences were installed, flood immunity was improved, Freshwater Creek Bridge was widened and silt ponds were installed," he said.

The next stage of the widening project is the upgrade of the highway from Boundary Road to Uhlmann Road near Morayfield, which will cost an estimated $108 million. Under this stage of the project:

● the Boundary Road intersection with the Bruce Highway will be made safer and

upgraded to meet future traffic flows; ● an upgraded Deception Bay Road interchange will allow for additional west-north traffic

flows; ● an eastern service road will connect across Burpengary Creek to connect to Morayfield

Road via Buckley Road; ● accesses along the Bruce Highway between Boundary Road and Uhlmann Road will be

closed, except for entry and exit ramps at Deception Bay Road, Boundary Road and the Uhlmann Road-Morayfield Road interchanges; and ● the highway will be widened to six lanes.

Mr Lucas said that Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd had started work last week on an initial $9.7 million contract to improve the Deception Bay and Boundary Road interchanges.

"The initial contract involves the installation of traffic signals at key intersections in the Deception Bay Road interchange, as well as upgrades to the service roads. Traffic signals will also be installed at intersections in the Boundary Road interchange," he said.

"A further contract will be awarded next month to upgrade the Uhlmann Road interchange, widen the highway bridges over Burpengary Creek and extend the Eastern Service Road at Burpengary."

The Acting Prime Minister said the Boundary Road-Uhlmann Road upgrade would be fully funded by the Australian Government.

"The widening work is expected to start in earnest in the middle of this year and is scheduled to be completed in June 2007," Mr Anderson said.

Mr Lucas thanked the Australian Government for providing the $108 million for the Boundary Road to Uhlmann Road upgrade.

"The Queensland Government is also doing its part by funding the $70 million Caboolture Bypass, which is due to meet up with the upgraded Bruce Highway in 2007-08," he said.