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    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace


    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Thursday, December 09, 2010


    Motorists and truck drivers that use the Bruce Highway are set to benefit from safer and smoother driving conditions just south of Koumala following the completion of a $3 million upgrade.

    Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today welcomed the completion of the important upgrade between the Smarts Road intersection and the southern approach to Koumala, a township south of Mackay.

    “The Gillard Labor Government is committed to improving the Bruce Highway and this project is another good excellent example of us working the Bligh Labor Government to achieve this outcome,” said Mr Albanese.

    “This upgrade which has involved the strengthening and resurfacing of some four kilometres of highway will provide a safer, smoother drive for the 3,300 motorists who use this section every day.”

    The Koumala project is just one of many being funded as part of the Gillard Labor Government unprecedented $2.6 billion investment in the Bruce Highway – more than twice what our predecessors spent over a similar period of time.

    Acting Queensland Main Roads Minister Rachel Nolan said that the Department of Transport and Main Roads managed the project on behalf of the Federal Government.

    “The Bruce Highway is a key coastal transport corridor in northern Queensland and links a number of major cities across the state,” said Ms Nolan.

    “The project outside Koumala is great news for both local and through traffic and is yet another good example of how the federal and state governments are working together to build the road infrastructure our state needs.”

    Ms Nolan acknowledged the hard work of the Queensland Main Roads construction group, RoadTek, for its role in completing the project.

    Media Contacts
    For Mr Albanese: Jeff Singleton 0410 476 890
    For Ms Nolan: 3896 3691