Warren Truss, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, announced today a $58 million project to widen the Bruce Highway south of Cairns.
The plan to widen 2.1 kilometres of the highway from four to six lanes is projected to reduce traffic delays and improve safety for thousands of motorists.
The upgrade is in addition to the traffic switch upgrade completed today at the northern end of the Cooroy section of the highway.
Warren Entsch, Federal Member for Leichardt, said construction on the upgrade was expected to start next year after the wet season and be completed by late 2017.
“These widening works are the next stage of the upgrade of the southern approach to Cairns. In addition to widening the section to six lanes, this project will also see the upgrade of the Robert Road and Bruce Highway signalised intersection and a new service road connection on the eastern side of the highway,” Mr Entsch said.
Curtis Pitt, Queensland Treasurer, said the works were part of a 2010 plan to upgrade the Cairns Bruce Highway.
“Implementation of the Master Plan started with the completion of Stage One last year, in which a 3.4km section of the Bruce Highway was upgraded from Sheehy Road, White Rock, to Chinaman Creek, Ray Jones Drive,” Mr Pitt said.
The Queensland Government is projected to provide 20 per cent of the funding for the $58 million dollar project with The Australian Government providing 80%.
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