Dec 21, 2012

Bruce Highway overtaking lanes open in time for holidays

Two new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between Childers and Howard have opened just in time for the holiday break.

The overtaking lanes each measure 1.3 kilometres long with one located near Cherwell River and the second at Pig Creek.

Given this section of the Bruce Highway sees over 7,000 vehicles a day – 21 per cent of which are heavy vehicles – the new lanes are vital.

They will increase motorists’ ability to overtake safely and reduce the number of risky passing manoeuvres.

The timing of these lanes comes at a good time with traffic set to increase along this stretch of the Bruce Highway during the holiday period.

Next year, the Federal Labor Government will continue to work on making the Bruce Highway safer by constructing more overtaking lanes in Bauple, Torbanlea and Wallaville.

The Federal Labor Government is fully funding the overtaking lanes at Childers and Howard as part of its $440 million Bruce Highway Safety Package, which is dedicated to fixing black spots, providing more overtaking opportunities and improving driving conditions along the highway.