News Date: 19 Apr 2017
The next stage of works on the Bruce Highway will begin shortly after the preferred alignment was showcased for the 10 kilometre duplication of the Bruce Highway between Edmonton and Gordonvale.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch MP said Stage 3 of the Cairns Southern Access Corridor on the Bruce Highway will improve traffic flow and road safety south of the city.
“The $481 million duplication will cater for future population growth and increasing demand on the road network,” Mr Entsch said.
“It’s expected that the Edmonton to Gordonvale section of the Bruce Highway will be used by about 40,000 road users daily when the works are completed, and I have no doubt they’ll be very well-received by commuters travelling through Far North Queensland.
“When finished, it’s expected that the project will boost safety and reduce travel times on this section of the Bruce Highway.”
Queensland Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt MP said the upgrade of the southern transport corridor was part of the Cairns Bruce Highway Master Plan.
“The Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade Master Plan released in 2010, detailed the alignment of the Bruce Highway from Draper Street, near the Cairns City Centre, to Wrights Creek, south of Edmonton,” Mr Pitt said.
“This proposed alignment between Edmonton and Gordonvale will be an extension of the work already completed. Reduced traffic delays are already being experienced following completion of Stage 1 of the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade to the Cairns Southern Access, between Sheehy Road and Ray Jones Drive.
“We see this as a priority project; every dollar spent on improving the Bruce Highway means more jobs are created to support locals, their families and the Far North Queensland economy.”
The Territory Labor Government has released a $40 million tender to realign and seal Gunn Point Road.
Important safety works are on the way for the Golden Highway, with a crucial intersection upgrade starting soon at Cobbora Road, west of Dunedoo.
Work will soon begin to widen the West Gate Freeway and build the citybound entrance for the West Gate Tunnel.
Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti have recently inspected the Forrestfield- Airport Link rail tunnels, walking the new one-kilometre underground tunnel bored by TBM Sandy.
Almost 3.5 kilometres of the Kennedy Developmental Road in north Queensland have been sealed and widened under the Northern Australia Roads Program (NARP), improving safety for all drivers in the region.