Jul 24, 2013

More overtaking lanes along the Bruce Highway on the way

Construction companies interested in installing new overtaking lanes along the Bruce Highway near Mackay and Whitsunday have until 15 August to submit their best bids.

The contract is for the construction of two extra overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway – part of a package to build 18 new overtaking lanes.

This package will address the lack of safe overtaking opportunities on what is a vital freight and tourism link.

The new overtaking lanes will allow motorists to safely overtake trucks, buses and vehicles towing caravans—reducing the number of risky manoeuvres motorists sometimes take to overtake these vehicles.

The Mackay and Whitsunday region is experiencing significant growth, so it’s important our road infrastructure is upgraded to meet its future needs.

The new overtaking lanes are planned for two locations either side of Duck Creek, north of Proserpine.

They follow four overtaking lanes already built between Mackay and Proserpine, and another four currently in progress.

Tenders close on 15 August 2013 with construction scheduled to start in November 2013.

The overtaking lanes are part of the Federal Labor Government’s unprecedented $5.7 billion investment to upgrade the Bruce Highway which includes the first ever dedicated program targeting crash black spots and providing new rest areas in addition to new overtaking lanes.