Queensland Premier Campbell Newman
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson
Federal Coalition’s $10 Billion Bruce Boost Welcomed
Victor P Taffa
Queensland’s Bruce Highway and Gateway Motorway will receive almost $10 Billion under a Federal Coalition plan to save lives and improve the state’s major economic lifeline.
Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson welcomed the record 10-year boost which delivers more than 70 major projects to improve capacity, safety and flood mitigation.
“The Federal Coalition’s promise would be the largest investment ever in the Bruce Highway and would let us get on and significantly improve the highway.” Premier Newman said.
“Whether you live in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Gympie, the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane, improvements will be coming to your local section of the Bruce Highway under the Federal Coalition.”
“Tony Abbott and Warren Truss have proven they are committed to bringing one of the worst national highways up to a standard that will support Queensland tourism, agriculture, resources and construction.”
The promise will include $7.7 Billion from the Federal Coalition, including $1 Billion for the upgrade to the Gateway Motorway between Nudgee and the Bruce Highway.
A further $2.1 Billion will be funded by the State Government, including the Queensland Liberal National Party’s promise of an additional $1 Billion.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the funding would deliver improved safety, capacity and flood mitigation on the Bruce Highway.
“This will include additional lanes on the Sunshine Coast, construction of the Mackay Ring Road, duplication south of Cairns and key projects near Rockhampton.” Mr. Emerson said.
“There will also be crucial safety measure including wider centre lines, audible edge lines, more overtaking lanes and intersection upgrades.”
“The former Queensland Labor government left the Bruce Highway in a crisis, with the RACQ predicting up to 350 road deaths occurring in the next 10 years if we don’t take action.”
“This package will deliver that action.” Mr. Emerson said.