Sep 14, 2009

Finishing signs for Bruce Highway upgrade

Finishing signs for Bruce Highway upgrade

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 14 2009

The widening of the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes between Uhlmann Road and Caboolture is almost complete, with permanent road signage ready to be installed on the project early next week.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said both the Rudd and Bligh Labor governments have been working together to complete this project as quickly as possible, one that will reduce travel times, tackle congestion and deliver better, safer driving conditions.

“The Rudd Labor Government is committed to providing for the growth of Queensland’s population and economy through a greater investment in the State’s transport infrastructure,” said Mr Albanese.

“In short, we are supporting jobs today while building the infrastructure that Queensland needs for the future.”

All up, the Rudd Labor Government is making a record $2.6 billion investment in the Bruce Highway, one of the longest and most important sections of the national road network.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the installation of the permanent signage was one of the final stages to be completed before motorists would experience the full benefits of the upgrade within coming weeks.

“The first permanent sign will be installed over the Bruce Highway’s northbound off-ramp to Caboolture and Bribie Island on Sunday, 20 September,” Mr Wallace said

“The second sign will be installed over Caboolture–Bribie Island Road on the eastern side of the overpass bridge by 22 September.

“The final sign will be over the Bruce Highway northbound just before the Captain Whish Bridge by 23 September.”

Overall, installation work is scheduled from Sunday night, 20 September to Wednesday night, 23 September and will be dependent on the weather.

Mr Wallace said wherever possible, the Department of Transport and Main Roads aimed to minimise disruption to traffic flow by avoiding peak periods and undertaking work at night.

“As safety is the department’s number one priority, traffic diversions, reduced speed limits and changed lane arrangements will occur while the signs are installed to ensure the safety of road users and road workers,” he said.

“Motorists travelling northbound on the Bruce Highway and to Caboolture and Bribie Island will need to be aware of traffic changes.

“Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide motorists through the changed traffic conditions.

“I encourage motorists to allow additional time for their journey to ensure they reach their destination on time.”

Mr Wallace urged motorists to observe road signs around roadworks to ensure the safety of road users and roadworkers.

“I would like to remind motorists to please slow down and drive to the changed traffic conditions during the works. Roadwork safety is your responsibility too,” he said.

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.transportandmainroads.qld.gov.au, view the webcams in their area or phone the traffic report hotline on 131940 to assist them in planning their trip more effectively.