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Truckies promised less congestion on new flood-proofed section of Bruce Hwy

The ribbon was cut yesterday on a $662.5 million expansion of the Bruce Highway between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way in Elimbah.

Interchanges and exit ramps were also improved along the 11km stretch, and 10 new higher, wider and safer bridges were built to withstand a 1-in-100-year flood.

This was put to the test during heavy rainfall in February 2024, which could have closed the highway at King Johns Creek if the new structure at this location had not been built, said Labor.

More than 65,000 vehicles (on average) travel this section of the Bruce Highway each day, and Labor is promising less congestion for all users.

“We’re focused on getting people to their destinations safer and sooner on the Bruce Highway,” said federal transport minister Catherine King.

“The Australian and Queensland governments are investing in major infrastructure to improve the capacity and efficiency of our road network.

“Local commuters, heavy vehicle operators and holidaymakers alike are enjoying the benefits as we continue to roll out significant works and plan for future upgrades in South East Queensland.”

The project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, is the 466th upgrade delivered on the Bruce Highway.

Sections of the upgraded 11-kilometre roadway have opened progressively to motorists since 2022.

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