Two new overtaking lanes will be constructed on the Bruce Highway at Plentiful Creek, north of Rockhampton.
The project will be delivered by Hazell Bros (Qld) Pty Ltd and includes several safety upgrades. Works are expected to be completed by late 2020, weather permitting.
The lanes were are funded under the Federal Government’s $275 million Bruce Highway, Overtaking Lanes Package.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this project represents a significant investment in road safety across the Central Queensland road network.
“One death, one injury on our roads is one too many. We are committed to reducing the number of fatal and serious injury crashes on the Bruce Highway. This project is a key part of that commitment and will deliver critical safety improvements while ensuring the highway can cater for future traffic growth.”
A lane will be constructed in each direction due to ongoing traffic growth in the area giving motorists fewer opportunities to overtake.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the overtaking lanes will provide safer passing opportunities for those travelling along this section.
Construction will also include centreline widening, replacing drains, signs and redesigned roadside vegetation to improve driver visibility.
“While this project is focused on improving safety, an average of 31 direct jobs will be supported through construction. This is more important now than ever, as we continue to help workers and the broader community through the economic challenges associated with COVID-19,” Ms. Landry said.