Apr 4, 2012

Bruce Highway upgrade: A safer Bauple Drive intersection

Safer, smoother driving conditions around the intersection between the Bruce Highway and Bauple Drive north of the Hervey Bay town of Bauple will soon be a reality, with the widening and strengthen of this section of road on track to be completed by the end of April, weather permitting.

As an added safety measure, a new dedicated left turning lane is also being built as part of this $3.1 million fully-Federally funded project.

While this project continues and work teams are onsite, I would urge the more than 8,700 motorists and truck drivers which use this stretch of highway every day to slow down, obey the signs and follow the instructions of traffic controllers.

The upgrade is being delivered by RoadTek, the Main Roads Department’s construction arm.

This is just one of many upgrades currently underway along the 1,700 kilometre length of the Bruce Highway, all part of Federal Labor’s unprecedented $2.8 billion investment.  Indeed, compared to the former Howard Government, we’re spending more than twice as much on this vital part of the national road network in half the time.

Nonetheless, we appreciate that the State’s growing population and rapidly expanding resources sector is placing added pressure on this road.  That’s why it will always be a priority for Federal Labor and a beneficiary of the extra infrastructure funding which will flow from our new mining tax.