OVERTAKING on the Bruce Highway between Tully and Cardwell in far north Queensland has just become safer with new lanes now open.
North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald will officiate tomorrow on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon Warren Truss MP at an event in Tully to mark the completion of the overtaking lanes. Senator Macdonald will be joined by QLD Minister for Resources and Mines and local Hinchinbrook MP Andrew Cripps.
“Constructing overtaking lanes at appropriate intervals along the Bruce Highway will contribute to reduced accidents and congestion on this busy stretch,” said Senator Macdonald.
“The Federal and Queensland governments have recently completed work between Pungi Creek to Dundonald Creek, and Broderick Road to Feluga Road, meaning two sets of overtaking lanes have been added north of Cardwell this year.
“I know that Minister Truss has a strong personal commitment to a better, safer Bruce Highway and he is pleased to be working closely with the Queensland Government to make it happen” said Senator Macdonald.
“Following the completion of the first two projects, tenders have been called to build overtaking lanes on the stretch from Dallachy Creek to Yellow Waterholes, located midway between Cardwell and Tully,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Tenders closed on 10 October , with construction expected to start later this year.
“These three projects are another demonstration of the two levels of government safely connecting people and places and enabling the efficient delivery of goods and services across Queensland.”
The Australian Government has fully funded these three sets of overtaking lanes at a value of $19.32 million as part of its broader Bruce Highway – Overtaking Lane programme.
Senator Macdonald said the work between Tully and Cardwell was good news for the region.
“This significant investment in road safety on the Bruce Highway is yet another example of the Coalition Government honouring its election commitments in Kennedy.
“I also congratulate the local LNP member Andrew Cripps for his advocacy and determination in securing safer roads for the Hinchinbrook/Tully region” said the Senator.