A brief inspection today (Friday 30th January) will mark the formal commencement of construction of the upgrade of the Mourilyan Road and Rifle Range Road intersections.
North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald will represent Australian Government Minister for Infrastructure the Hon Warren Truss MP at the event to kick off the work.
Senator Macdonald said he was pleased to join the Hon Andrew Cripps MP, State Member for Hinchinbrook and Ms Robyn Quick, the LNP candidate for Mulgrave, in recognising the start of this work to fix a notorious black spot on the Bruce Highway.
"The Australian Government is pleased to be contributing funds to this important upgrade as part of the Bruce Highway safety package," he said.
"The Federal Government is determined to play its part in fixing those black spots on the Bruce Highway to make it safer and more trafficable."
Senator Macdonald said the upgrade projects demonstrated the Federal Coalition and State LNP Governments’ commitment to road safety and improved infrastructure for regional Queensland.
Andrew Cripps said he was delighted that the State Government was managing and constructing the upgrade which will involve the application of a new asphalt wearing surface at intersections, road realignment and an upgrade of lighting in the area. Right and left turning lanes will also be added at Rifle Range Road intersection, allowing for better heavy vehicle access.
Robyn Quick said this was an essential upgrade, given the increased activity through the Mourilyan Port with the commencement of new minerals exports.
"Mourilyan port has really come into its own and this increased useage requires this notorious stretch of the Bruce Highway to be upgraded," she said.
"I am pleased to note the collaboration between the State and Federal Governments that is bringing this work to fruition."
Senator Macdonald said the work was part of a $241.8 million Bruce Highway black spots program funded by the Federal Government and managed and constructed by the Queensland Government.
Works will take place between 6am and 6pm Monday to Saturday during construction which is expected to be completed by May this year.