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.”
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The final 20 girders needed to build the Warrell Creek bridge are now being put in place, bringing completion of the $380 million upgrade of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway one step closer.
The Western Australian Government has completed works on 15 new overtaking lanes on Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields region.
The community of Colac has celebrated the official opening of the Bluewater Leisure Centre which will aim to provide modern health and recreation facilities set to invigorate active lifestyles in the region.
A new road linking Main North Road to residential developments east of Gawler has been given the green light, paving the way for jobs and further investment in Adelaide’s north.