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Upgrade of the southern approach to Sarina begins

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Anthony Albanese Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Craig Wallace Minister for Main Roads

Joint Media Statement


Work to upgrade and straighten the Bruce Highway heading south out of Sarina has commenced, yet another example of the Gillard and Bligh Labor governments working together to improve this vital road.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the fully federally funded project will improve driving conditions and safety between Plane Creek Bridge and Railway Square, the scene of three fatalities in recent years.

“At both a State and Federal level, Labor has always understood the importance of the Bruce Highway to the communities living up and down the Queensland coast,” said Mr Albanese.

“That’s why compared to the former Howard Government we’re investing more than twice as much in half the time - or some $2.8 billion over 6 years versus just $1.2 billion over twelve years.

“However, we have always said it would take more than one or two parliamentary terms to fix the years of neglect. For this reason, the Gillard Labor Government will continue to provide the funding and long term planning necessary to build a Bruce Highway which supports rather than hinders Queensland’s rapid growth.”

Managed by the Queensland Government’s Main Roads Department, this $10 million project is being delivered by BMD Constructions and weather permitting, is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said over the next seven months the 6,900 motorists which use this stretch of highway everyday should expect minor delays while the project is being delivered.

“I would like to thank motorists in advance for their patience and urge them to obey the instructions of traffic controllers while this long overdue upgrade is carried out,” said Mr Wallace.

“When it comes to the Bruce Highway, it’s only Labor that can be trusted to deliver real action and real money.”

Friday, 10 June 2011

Media Contacts For Mr Albanese: Jeff Singleton 0410 476 890

For Mr Wallace: Paul Childs 0448 853 610