$29M committed to Bruce Highway safety upgrade

Federal and Queensland Government commit $29.2 to safety package on the Bruce Highway south of Ingham, QLD.

The project will focus on a 7.3-kilometre section between Hechts Road and Easter Creek.

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said improving the safety standards of the Bruce Highway is vital to supporting motorists reach their destinations safely.

“This package of works at Bambaroo, about 90 kilometres north of Townsville, will deliver vital improvements to road safety on several sections of the highway, benefitting motorists travelling between Townsville and Ingham,” Mr. McCormack said.

“The result will be a wider, safer highway with improved visibility and access, better overtaking opportunities and a reduced risk of head-on collisions for motorists.”

Mr. McCormack said the works will create around 50 jobs for construction workers, local contractors and other businesses in the supply chain.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said almost $140 million was locked in for major upgrades to the Bruce between Townsville and Ingham in the next few years.

“Later this year, works are expected to be wrapped up on a $24.9 million package to upgrade intersections and build new overtaking lanes at Bluewater,” Mr. Bailey said.

“We also expect to call construction tenders for the jointly funded $107.7 million Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade project that will duplicate the highway between Veales Road and Pope Road, including a new bridge over Black River.”

The project will deliver safety improvements at four Bruce Highway intersections – Catastis Road, Scrubview Road, Jourama Falls Road and Yuruga Road.

The construction contract was recently awarded to BMD Constructions.

Of the $29.2 million, $12.2 million for the overtaking lanes will be fully funded by the Federal Government under the $307.83 million Bruce Highway Overtaking Lane Program and the remaining $16.97 million will be jointly funded by the Federal and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis.

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