Seven new overtaking lanes have now been completed on the Bruce Highway between Bowen and Ayr, on Queensland’s north coast.
This stretch of the highway carries over 3500 vehicles a day, including trucks, cars and buses.
The lanes, including four northbound and three southbound, have increased the number of safe overtaking opportunities along parts of this 115-kilometre stretch, which are designed to reduce travel times and improve traffic flow.
“Every day, strong progress is being made to deliver the largest road infrastructure program Queensland has ever seen through the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program (BHUP),” said Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.
“The Bruce Highway between Bowen and Ayr provides tourist and industrial access from south-east Queensland and the southern states to tourist attractions, industries and port facilities in northern Queensland.
The projects have also delivered safety improvements such as widening the road, installing wide centre line treatments, and removing roadside hazards at four locations including West Euri to Abbott Point Road, Armstrong Creek, Aaron Creek to Slater Creek, and Plain Creek.
The upgrade was delivered via four projects totalling $42.39 million. It was fully funded by the Australian Government under the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program – Overtaking Lanes Package.