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.”
Tenders are now open to deliver the next two major projects under the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan, with the upgrades set to improve road safety and save lives.
The Western Australian State Government has announced that work on a series of new safety upgrades to Toodyay Road is expected to begin before the end of the year.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has revealed that works to design the new 4.5 million Kingaroy State High School hall is underway, with construction on the hall set to start in November.
The Queensland State Government will spend $65 million to transform one of the busiest intersections on one of South East Queensland’s busiest roads – the Sumners Road Interchange on the Centenary Highway.
Construction has begun on the $17.2 million Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence in Tamworth.