Govt invests $650 million in more Bruce Highway upgrades

The Australian Government has committed the funding for priority upgrades along the Pine River to Caloundra corridor and Deception Bay interchange.The Australian Government has committed $650 million for priority upgrades along the Pine River to Caloundra corridor and Deception Bay interchange on the Bruce Highway.

The upgrades along the Pine River to Caloundra corridor include widening the road from four to six lanes, and new flood immunity and safety improvements in key areas.

The upgrades come as part of the $844 million investment in new Bruce Highway projects outlined in the 2017-18 Budget.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said $530 million of the allocated funding would help accelerate the road widening, and flood and safety improvements between the Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Interchange and the Caloundra Road-Steve Irwin Way Interchange.

“In the 2017-18 Budget, we have committed $844 million towards new projects, to fast track the delivery of the Bruce Highway Upgrade. This is part of the Australian Government’s $6.7 billion 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Programme,” he said in a statement.

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the upgrades would address congestion and safety issues on the Pine River to Caloundra section of the Bruce Highway.

“The additional $120 million allocated to upgrade the Deception Bay Interchange will further benefit commuters travelling the Pine River to Caloundra corridor,” Mr. Howarth said.

According to the statement, the Federal Government is confident the Queensland government will contribute its share of funding (20 per cent) towards the upgrades.

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