Nov 5, 2009

Bruce Highway Upgrade gets a seal of approval

Bruce Highway Upgrade gets a seal of approval

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 5 2009

Motorists travelling along the busy stretch of the Bruce Highway between Uhlmann Road and Caboolture will enjoy a smoother ride, with upgrade works now complete.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace and Federal Member for Longman Jon Sullivan today officially open the new six lane section of the Bruce Highway.

Mr Wallace said the project was an example of how the Rudd and Bligh governments remain committed to improving road infrastructure and safety for the growing south-east Queensland population.

"These works were able to sustain 389 jobs over the life of the project and included improvements to interchanges and highway access to improve traffic flow and safety on and off the highway," he said.

"As part of the widening works, the Captain Whish bridges were upgraded from two to four lanes in each direction over the Caboolture River to improve traffic flow in the area.

"Works also included a major upgrade of the Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Interchange from two to four lanes with pedestrian and cyclist facilities to improve accessibility and safety for all road users.

"In addition, by increasing the highway capacity to six lanes, we will significantly improve travel-time reliability and freight efficiency by reducing congestion along this important transport corridor."

Mr Sullivan said completion of the upgrade was a win for thousands of motorists who travel the route each day.

"This vital upgrade improves transport efficiency, traffic flow and safety in the region, while accommodating for continued growth in one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland," Mr Sullivan said.

"The Bruce Highway is Queensland’s main north-south arterial road, carrying over nine million tonnes of freight per year. This section of the Bruce Highway currently carries up to 78,000 vehicles per day, of which ten per cent are commercial vehicles."

"This project is the final stage of the Rudd Government’s $385.1 million commitment to upgrade the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes from the Gateway Motorway to Caboolture."

This is part of our wider $8.6 billion commitment towards the upgrade and construction of infrastructure in Queensland over the six years to 2013-14," he said.

Mr Wallace said delivery of the project in four packages assisted in minimising the impact on motorists, particularly locals who were able to continue using local service roads without having to join the highway.

"The project team worked hard to ensure a range of other construction measures were also employed to ensure acceptable traffic flow, particularly at peak times," he said.

"I would like to congratulate the team involved in the upgrade projects and I thank motorists for their patience throughout construction."