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    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Bruce blasts will be fast and won’t last

    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    Bruce blasts will be fast and won’t last

    The $613 million upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra has reached an explosive stage with rock blasting starting Monday 24 October.

    The Bruce Highway will be temporarily closed in both directions at Traveston between Carlson Road (north) and Traveston Road for intervals of up to 10 minutes from Monday 24 October for about two months.

    The closures ensure the safety of motorists and work crews while low impact blasting takes place on the western and eastern sides of the existing highway.

    Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the blasting would shift between 40,000 – 50,000 cubic metres of earth.

    “The rock being blasted is Greywacke – a type of mixed sandstone – which has been there since the Paleozoic era,” Mr Wallace said.

    “Not even ancient rock will stand in the way of the Bligh Government’s vision to upgrade the highway.

    “The Bruce Highway is the backbone of Queensland’s road network that is helping to build Queensland for the future, and build regional growth,” he said.

    “On the whole, traffic on the Bruce is growing by 3% a year, but in the Sunshine Coast section volumes are growing at 4% a year - driven by strong population growth, and our strong agricultural and tourism industries.”

    This work is part of construction of Section B Sankeys Road to Traveston Road of the upgrade to the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra.

    Motorists are advised to follow the instructions of traffic controllers and road signs.

    Transport and Main Roads apologises to road users and residents for any inconvenience and thank motorists for their patience.

    The $613 million Section B upgrade of the Bruce Highway is expected to be completed and open to the public as planned in 2012.

    More information: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/cooroytocurra

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