The Bruce Highway through Maryborough is set to become even safer following the start of work on the upgrade of the Walker Street intersection, the scene of a number of crashes in recent years.
The fully-Federally funded safety improvements now being delivered by Georgiou Group will no doubt be welcomed by regular users of the Highway.
Specifically, the $8.3 million project will straighten the approaches to the intersection, upgrade the southbound exit lane onto Walker Street and extend the right-turn lane off the Highway. The intersection will also be re-surfaced and its drainage upgraded.
The project will be completed by the middle of this year.
Funding for this upgrade is coming from the Federal Labor Government’s Bruce Highway Safety Package, the first ever program dedicated to eliminating notorious black spots, installing new rest stops and building additional overtaking lanes. Already this initiative is:
- Installing 50 new overtaking lanes;
- Fixing over 100 dangerous black spots between Caboolture and Cairns;
- Building some 24 new rest areas and stopping places as well as upgrading a significant number of existing rest areas.
Since coming to office in late 2007, Federal Labor has committed more than $3.3 billion to upgrading the Bruce Highway for the up to 170,000 vehicles which use it daily. When compared to the former Howard government’s record of just $1.3 billion over 12 years, we’re investing twice as much in half the time.
Bruce Highway and Waker Street Intersection, Maryborough