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    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Call for second bridge rejected

    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Friday, July 11, 2003

    Call for second bridge rejected

    Calls for construction of a second bridge to the Redcliffe Peninsula were rejected by the State Government today.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said the existing Houghton Highway bridge had not yet reached capacity.

    He said the bridge was designed to carry 50,000 vehicles per day, but was currently only carrying an average of less than 40,000 vehicles each day.

    Mr Bredhauer said: "I am aware that there are some issues with traffic management on the bridge, particularly in peak hours."

    "We have improved traffic flow on the bridge through the implementation of a new traffic control system, and are currently working on a range of other measures to address safety concerns.

    "Local Member Ray Hollis has frequently raised local concerns with me about safety and access on the bridge, and the impact of traffic accidents.

    "I am currently working with him to develop further proposals in response to these concerns," Mr Bredhauer said.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Louise Foley, 3235 4826 or 0407 966 829 11 July 2003