IN THE FAST LANE: Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace and Transport and Main Roads Regional Director Ian Husband joined Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt to turn the sod on the first of four new overtaking lanes between Proserpine and Mackay. Photo Ziggy Ziegler
IN THE FAST LANE: Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace and Transport and Main Roads Regional Director Ian Husband joined Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt to turn the sod on the first of four new overtaking lanes between Proserpine and Mackay. Photo Ziggy Ziegler

More overtaking lanes for highway

CONSTRUCTION has started on a $6.57 million project to add four new overtaking lanes to the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Mackay.

On Thursday November 10, Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace and Transport and Main Roads Regional Director Ian Husband joined Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt to turn the first sod of dirt on this upgrade to the vital road link.

Mr Wallace said the Bruce Highway was the "backbone of the Queensland roads network" supporting regional economies and population growth into the future.

"A project like this is not just a roads investment - motorists who use the highway will be able to get to work that much quicker, get to school before the bell rings, and travellers will get to their holidays quicker," Mr Wallace said.

"The Mackay and Whitsunday region is experiencing significant growth and it's important our roads are upgraded to meet that growth," he said.

Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt welcomed the upgrade, which (weather permitting) is scheduled for completion in August 2012.

"There are more than 4000 vehicles a day using this stretch of road, and 18 per cent of these are trucks, so it's important to provide safe overtaking lanes for motorists," Ms Jarratt said.

"I know what it's like to sit behind a truck or caravan without being able to overtake - these new overtaking lanes will greatly reduce frustration," she said.

"The project also sustains 57 jobs so it's good for the local economy too." Mr Wallace said 16 overtaking lanes between Sarina and Bowen, worth $36.5 million were planned in total, as part of the Gillard government's "Nation Building Program".

NEW OVERTAKING LANES

The four overtaking lanes between Mackay and Proserpine will be built at:

Northbound between Old Pindi Bog Road and Wintons Road

Southbound near Rise and Shine Road

Southbound between Cathu-O'Conell River Road and Porters Road

Northbound between Kinnear Road and Peter's Road.


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