Green light for Bruce Highway work at Gin Gin
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Minister for Infrastructure & Transport
Leader of the House
Member for Grayndler
September 24 2010
The Federal and State governments have today announced the preferred design and alignment to improve safety on the Bruce Highway at the southern approach to Gin Gin.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the community had played a key role in choosing the new alignment which will improve safety for the more than 4000 motorists using the road each day.
“Three options were put forward to the community earlier this year and the option we’ve decided on was clearly favoured by the community and will have the least possible impact on the Gin Gin community,” Mr Albanese said.
“The new highway alignment will see the elimination of tight curves at the Bundaberg–Gin Gin Road intersection and extra lighting and signage in a further boost to safety for motorists.
“Based on feedback, we improved the design so that motorists can continue to use the highway while construction is underway.”
Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said community feedback had been a major factor in the decision-making process.
“As I mentioned earlier this year, our priority was to ensure the least possible impact on the local community,” Mr Wallace said.
“I thank residents for taking the time to provide feedback. We listened and took their concerns on board.
“There will be another chance for the community to comment on the proposal before the planning and design works are finalised in mid 2012,” he said.
Mr Wallace said information flyers will be sent to local residents, businesses and key stakeholders in the next few days.
The Federal Government has committed $20 million to this project under the Nation Building Program. Construction is expected to start by late 2012, weather permitting.