Sep 21, 2009

Upgrade in full swing for Mackay intersection

Upgrade in full swing for Mackay intersection

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 21 2009

The $12.3 million Bruce Highway – Farrellys Lane intersection upgrade and duplication project is in full swing, with traffic now diverted onto the Highway’s newly completed western carriageway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the Rudd Labor Government is working with the Bligh Labor Government and the Mackay Regional Council to deliver this vital project as quickly as possible.

“This section of the Bruce carries a significant volume of trucks and cars from Sarina and Paget to Mackay and the completed project will provide improved access to both these expanding areas,” Mr Albanese said.

“Specifically, we are widening the Highway by nine meters to provide four lanes with a central median to separate traffic, with all surface and drainage works now completed on its western side.

“The upgrade of the southern approach to Mackay is just one a number of projects being funded as part of the Rudd Labor Government’s record $2.6 billion investment in the Bruce Highway, one of the longest and most important sections of the national road network.”

Now that traffic has been diverted, reconstruction of 160 meters of the existing road surface can commence and works to upgrade the intersection can begin.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the intersection of Bruce Highway, Farrellys Lane and Schmidtke Road would be upgraded to provide designated turning lanes.

“Once completed, this intersection will cater for over-dimensional vehicles turning into the industrial areas to the east,” Mr Wallace said.

“Traffic signals will also be installed at the intersection to improve safety and the flow of traffic during peak times and a dedicated bike lane and two signalised pedestrian crossing facilities will also be provided.”

Mr Wallace said the project was due for completion by the end of the year, weather permitting.

“The department would like to thank the community for their patience and cooperation during these vital upgrades,” he said.

“Safety of our roadworkers is of the upmost importance to the department, and I urge all motorists to drive to the conditions and to continue to obey signage during the remainder of the project.”