The Hon. Warren Truss MP
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
EARLY works have commenced on the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Cooroy to Curra – Section C project south of Gympie.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said upgrading the Bruce Highway was a major component of the Australian Government’s Infrastructure Investment Programme.
“These early works have been prioritised because of the high accident rate on this section of the highway, with 82 crashes and seven fatalities occurring between 2000 and 2010,” Mr Truss said.
“Works will include widening the existing highway between Woondum and the Six Mile Creek Rest Area; installing left and right-turn lanes at the Keefton Road and Six Mile Creek rest area intersections; and building entry lanes to provide safe access to the Gold Nugget Service Station.
“The Australian and Queensland governments are working together to deliver jobs and enhance safety, productivity and economic growth. The Bruce Highway is critical to the Queensland and national economies and this project will bolster economic productivity, reduce travel times and enhance road safety.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said works would also include a Safer Roads Sooner project to upgrade the access point for Gympie’s busiest industrial estate located to the south of the city.
“A key part of the early works package is an upgrade of the Venardos Avenue intersection which provides access to the industrial estate,” Mr Bailey said.
“Cooroy to Curra - Section C is one of Queensland’s most significant road upgrades. Detailed design work for the remainder of the project is currently underway, with major works expected to start early in 2016.”
The Australian Government is funding 80 per cent of the total project cost up to $499.4 million, with the Queensland Government providing 20 per cent of the total project cost up to $124.9 million.
Early works are expected to be complete by mid next year.
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