Major upgrades have commenced on the Bruce Highway and Shakespeare Street intersection in Mackay.
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the $13.8 million project is being fully funded by the Australian government.
“These works will improve safety and reduce congestion at these key intersections and create a more streamlined road network through the centre of Mackay,” Truss said.
“With traffic volume expected to grow in coming years, Mackay's city centre would have struggled to cope without these upgrades, impacting on productivity in the region, including for freight operators.”
The Mackay intersection upgrades aims to facilitate economic growth and improve road safety.
Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, said he was happy with the plans for the community.
“Locals are all too aware of how congested these intersections are and how frequently accidents are happening,” Christensen said.
“This project will deliver an extra southbound lane on the highway from the Showgrounds intersection, two new left turn lanes, pavement replacement, improved line markings and traffic signals, a designated cycling lane and improved amenities.
The project will also include a shared 3 metre off-road pedestrian and cycle alongside the Showgrounds on the side of the Bruce Highway.
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