A contract to install safety barriers on the Sunshine Coast between the Sunshine Motorway interchange and Cooroy has been awarded to a local Queensland company as part of the safety improvements on the Bruce Highway.
SGQ Pty Ltd will install the barriers along the centre median for the entire stretch of highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said works are now under way to install barriers between Tanawah and Cooroy
“These important safety works involve installing barriers along the centre median of the Bruce Highway from the Sunshine Motorway interchange at Tanawah north to Cooroy,” Mr McCormack said.
“This follows on from work starting in May this year to install safety barriers between the Steve Irwin Way exit at Beerburrum and the Caloundra Road interchange.”
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said new highway emergency cross-over bays would also be built as part of the works.
“These bays will improve safety on the highway by allowing more access points for emergency services,” Mr Bailey said.
“Works are being undertaken at night when traffic volumes are lower to ensure the safety of motorists and road workers and we thank the community for their patience and understanding while we carry out these important safety works.”
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said the works were part of a broader Bruce Highway Safety Package, which upgrades safety at high-risk locations along the highway’s entire length.
“The $1.4 billion Bruce Highway Safety Package is jointly funded by the Federal and Queensland governments, including $831.4 million from the Federal Government,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Safe roads save lives and these works will help to prevent the trauma and tragedy of injuries and fatalities caused by crashes. The minor inconveniences motorists may experience during construction will be well worth the benefits these safety enhancements will bring. These investments demonstrate our ongoing commitment to improving safety on the highway for all road users.”
Works on the package are expected to be complete by mid-2020, weather permitting.