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    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Motorists switched onto new section of Bruce Highway

    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    Motorists switched onto new section of Bruce Highway

    From today, motorists using the Bruce Highway between Sankeys Road and Middle Creek will be diverted onto a new two kilometre section of road.

    Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the traffic re-direction represented a major milestone in the delivery of the $613 million project to straighten and widen the Highway between Sankeys Road and Traveston Road.

    “The use of the new road will allow work to progress on the erection of bridges over the existing highway as well as Skyring Creek,” said Mr Albanese.

    “In its entirety, the upgrade of the Bruce Highway near Gympie will deliver a new 12 kilometre section of fully duplicated highway.

    “As well as reducing travel times and improving driving conditions for the users of this section of the Bruce Highway, its construction will support some 1,650 direct and indirect jobs.

    “Only the Gillard Labor Government has the vision to build the modern, well planned infrastructure our community expects and our economy needs.”

    The $613 million Cooroy to Curra road project – one of the largest currently underway anywhere in Queensland – is being jointly funded by the Gillard ($488 million) and Bligh ($125 million) Labor governments.

    Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said planning for the traffic change has focused on ensuring the safety of motorists, while minimising disruptions to highway traffic.

    “To ensure the safety of motorists and road workers reduced speed limits, traffic controllers, police and signage will all be in place while the work is undertaken,” said Mr Wallace.

    “Lane closures will also be necessary to protect motorists while asphalt is being laid; however, closures will only take place at night to minimise disruptions to road users.

    “For safety reasons, the new section of highway will continue to consist of two lanes, north and south bound, until the remainder of this section is complete in 2012.

    “Once completed in 2012, this new 12 kilometre fully duplicated section of highway will provide safer driving conditions, with wider shoulders, emergency stopping bays and Intelligent Transport Systems such as speed-activated Variable Message Signs.”

    Further information about the traffic switch can be obtained from the project website www.tmr.qld.gov.au/cooroytocurra or by calling 1800 180 566 (freecall).

    10 November 2010

    Media Contacts

    For Mr Albanese: Jeff Singleton 0410 476 890

    For Mr Wallace: Ellen McIntyre 0438 768 734