Apr 3, 2012

Bruce Highway upgrade: New Gin Gin overtaking lane

Regular users of the Bruce Highway north of Gin Gin near Cabbage Tree Creek can soon expect safer, less frustrating driving conditions, with construction of a new fully-Federally funded southbound overtaking lane on track to be completed by the end of July, weather permitting.

Once completed, the new $5 million, 1.2 kilometre overtaking lane will give the 3,000 motorists and 800 truck drivers which use this stretch of highway everyday an additional opportunity to safely pass slower moving vehicles.

While this project is underway and work teams are onsite, I would urge all drivers to slow down, obey the signs and follow the instructions of traffic controllers.

The upgrade is being delivered by VEC Civil Engineering.

All up, we’re building 50 new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway as part of Federal Labor’s unprecedented $2.8 billion investment in this vital part of the national road network.  Indeed, compared to the record of the former Howard Government we’re spending more than twice as much 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.