Work has started on widening and strengthening the foundations of the southern approaches to the Isis River Bridge, adding to the extensive capital works program already underway along the entire length of the Bruce Highway.
This $13.7 million, fully-Federally funded project will also install new north and southbound overtaking lanes just south of the bridge, giving motorists even more opportunities to pass slower moving vehicles safely.
See attached map.
The project is being delivered by Sunstate Group Queensland and is expected to be completed early next year. Motorists using this stretch of Highway over the next twelve months should expect minor delays while the work is being carried out and I thank them in advance for their patience.
Funding for this upgrade is coming from the Federal Labor Government’s $4.1 billion, ten year plan for a better, safer Bruce Highway. As well as rebuilding critical sections of the Highway, this unprecedented level of funding is also being used to:
- Install 50 new overtaking lanes;
- Fix over 100 dangerous black spots between Caboolture and Cairns;
- Build some 24 new rest areas and stopping places as well as upgrading a significant number of existing rest areas.
Compared to the record of the former Howard Government, we have already committed more than four times as much to maintaining and upgrading this vital economic lifeline for communities up and down the Queensland coast.
For more information about Federal Labor’s plan for the Bruce Highway, go to: www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/aa/releases/2013/April/aa078_2013.aspx.