Mar 16, 2010

Bruce Highway safety package: round one projects approved

Bruce Highway safety package: round one projects approved

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 16 2010

Work will start immediately on the first group of projects to be funded from the Rudd Labor Government’s $250 million Bruce Highway Safety Package.

Totalling close to $24 million, the first round of funding will fix 35 black spots, with projects varying from intersection upgrades to new signage and line-markings to the clearing of roadside hazards.

The projects were chosen following a detailed assessment of where accidents have regularly occurred over the last five years as well as the nature and cause of each of them.

The Safety Package is just one part of the $2.6 billion the Rudd Labor Government is investing in the Bruce Highway, one of the longest and most important sections of the national road network used by up to 170,000 vehicles a day.

In fact, the investment we’re making in this road is more than twice what our predecessors spent over a similar period of time.

Major upgrades already underway on the Bruce Highway include:

  • Duplication of the section between Cooroy and Curra;
  • Upgrade of the southern approaches to Mackay; and
  • Construction of the new Townsville Port Access Road.

Further funding allocations from the Bruce Highway Safety Package will be announced later in the year.