Jul 9, 2011

Bruce Highway safety package: more black spots to be fixed

Bruce Highway safety package: more black spots to be fixed

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

9 July 2011

The next installment of projects to be rolled out as part of the record capital works program now well underway up and down the Queensland coast has been approved and once completed, will go some way to making the Bruce Highway safer.

Firstly, Mackay’s busy Showgrounds Intersection between the Bruce Highway, Shakespeare Street and Gordon Street – the scene of more than 130 accidents over the past decade – will be upgraded with additional lanes and new traffic lights.

Preconstruction activities on this project are already underway.

Secondly, we will upgrade intersections, erect guardrails, install traffic lights, construct new turning lanes and widen the road at those locations between Sarina and Cairns where accidents have regularly occurred in the past.

Details of all the latest projects are outlined in the attachments.

Funding for these works – $26 million – will come from the Gillard Labor Government’s Bruce Highway Safety Package, the first ever Federal program dedicated to fixing black spots, providing more overtaking opportunities and improving driving conditions along this critical highway.

Already the Package is:

  • Installing 50 new overtaking lanes;
  • Fixing over 80 dangerous black spots between Caboolture and Cairns;
  • Building some 25 new rest areas and stopping places as well as upgrading a significant number of existing rest areas;
  • Laying audible edge line markings.

All up, we’re currently investing $2.8 billion over seven years – or more than twice what the former Howard Government spent in about half the time – to build a better, safer Bruce Highway, one of Australia’s longest and most important roads used by up to 170,000 vehicles each and every day.

Bruce Highway Safety Package (Sarina to Cairns):

Black Spots projects

 

  PROJECT DETAILS LOCATION
1 Upgrade of the Bruce Highway and  Aumuller Street intersection to improve safety for turning vehicles. Cairns
2 Installation of right turn arrows at the Bruce Highway and Lyons Street intersection. Cairns
3 Installation of overhead signage and application of anti skid treatment on the Southern Access Road, Bruce Highway. Cairns
4 Installation of new road condition information signs Various locations south of Cairns
5 Reconfiguration of the Bruce Highway and Riverstone Road intersection. Gordonvale
6 Widening of the Bruce Highway and Ash Street intersection to improve safety for turning vehicles. Innisfail
7 Safety improvements identified by a Road Safety Audit of the Bruce Highway and Japoon Road intersection. Innisfail
8 Overtaking lanes between Spanos Road to McCutcheon (North and South Bound). Near El Arish
9 Installation of new road condition information signs. Various locations north and south of Tully and south of Innisfail
10 Installation of pedestrian signals at Bruce Highway and Lannercost Street  intersection. Ingham
11 Construction of additional turning lanes at the Nathan Street and Dalrymple Road intersection. Townsville
12 Installation of new road condition information signs. Various locations north  and south of Townsville
13 Widen highway to provide a dedicated right turn lane to the Ayr Sewage Plant Access. 1km north of Ayr
14 Install new lighting and fatigue management signs between Fredericksfield Road and Charlies Hill Road. 4km south of Home Hill
15 Reconfiguration of the Bruce Highway and Lower Don Road Intersection. Bowen
16 Upgrade of the Bruce Highway and  Bowen Development Road intersection to improve safety for turning vehicles. Bowen
17 Installation of new road condition information signs. Various locations north and  south of Bowen and north of Proserpine
18 Upgrade of the Bruce Highway and McLeans Road intersection to improve safety for turning vehicles. North of Mackay
19 Upgrade of the Bruce Highway and Geeburga-Buthurra Road intersection to improve safety for turning vehicles. North of Mackay
20 Bulk safety works – installing road edge guide posts, audio tactile edge line marking, route lighting and advisory speed signs on curves. Various locations north of Mackay
21 Widening of the Bruce Highway and Glendaragh Road intersection to improve safety for turning vehicles. North of Mackay
22 Major upgrade of the Bruce Highway and Gordon Street (Showgrounds) intersection. Mackay
23 Major upgrade of the Bruce Highway and Shakespeare Street intersection. Mackay
24 Installation of new road condition information signs. Various locations north of Mackay
25 Raising and widening of the approaches to the Ernest Evans Bridge (Sandy Creek). Sandy Creek, south of Mackay
26 Installation of an overtaking lane and widening of 10 kilometres of highway. Sandy Creek, south of Mackay
27 Widening of the Bruce Highway and Carlton Road intersection to provide right turn lane. Sarina

Bruce Highway – Sarina to Cairns – Blackspots