Construction is now underway for major upgrades on the Bruce Highway, south of Wallaville in Queensland.
The $28.89 million upgrade will provide new overtaking lanes and safety treatments. The works will also see a new northbound and southbound overtaking lane installed between Mixhills Road and Walla Island Road, with a new southbound overtaking lane also between Clarke Innes Road and Mittlehausers Road.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the upgrades would make the section of highway safer for all road users.
“The new overtaking lanes will reduce risk by giving drivers the opportunity to safely overtake slow-moving vehicles, particularly in times of peak traffic,” he said.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrades will significantly improve the safety of the highway for motorists.
“South of Wallaville, we’ll also be installing wide centre line treatment to provide greater separation between vehicles and reduce the risk of head on collisions,” he said. “A temporary sidetrack will be installed during some phases of construction to reduce the impact to drivers.
“Upgrades along this key connector help us keep traffic flowing and the state moving.”
As part of the project, the Martins Road intersection will be upgraded to move it north to align with the existing Bruce Highway and Clarke Innes Road intersection, with dedicated right-turn lanes also to be implemented at the Bruce Highway intersections.
Bruce Highway is Queensland’s major north-south freight and commuter corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns over a length of 1,677 kilometres.
The combined $28.89 million projects form part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program and are jointly funded, with the Australian Government contributing $27.65 million and the Queensland Government contributing $1.24 million.