The $38 million Tinana interchange upgrade on the Bruce Highway has reached a crucial milestone, with the new interchange now open to traffic.
Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester said the restructured interchange was another step towards delivering a safer, more efficient Bruce Highway for motorists and industry throughout Queensland.
“This interchange is another milestone in our jointly funded $8.5 billion Bruce Highway 10 year upgrade program,” Mr Chester said.
“Every dollar we invest in upgrading the Bruce Highway is an investment in lives, local businesses and regional growth. Better roads and highways can change lives and save lives.”
Acting Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Steven Miles said northbound motorists travelling to Maryborough and Hervey Bay could now exit the highway via a new off-ramp, and both lanes of through traffic could travel under the new overpass while safely separated by a wide centreline.
“Southbound motorists entering the highway from Gympie Road will also benefit from a longer acceleration lane to better align with highway traffic speeds, making the merge easier and safer,” Mr Miles said.
“Importantly, access between the highway and Gympie Road has been re-opened so businesses can enjoy the benefits of passing traffic again. I thank the community for their patience and cooperation while the traffic detours have been in place.”
Construction on the project commenced in July 2016 and is expected to be completed late 2017, weather permitting.
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