03 July, 2015
Joint Media Statement
$8 MILLION is on the way to fund planning for priority upgrade works on the Bruce Highway between the Pine River and the Caloundra Road interchange.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss was in Bald Hills today to announce the Australian Government’s $6.4 million funding commitment.
“This funding is another step forward in our plans to fix the Bruce Highway. It will allow for high-level planning to help determine the capacity, flooding and safety issues along this 60 kilometre stretch of the highway,” Mr Truss said.
State Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan, representing Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey, said reducing or eliminating the impacts of flooding on the highway would be a key priority.
“Several locations along the Bruce Highway between Caboolture and Steve Irwin Way are subject to flooding during major rain events. These include the southbound lanes at King John Creek and Lagoon Creek, and both northbound and southbound lanes at Six Mile Creek,” Mr Ryan said.
Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy said the planning project was another welcome step towards improving transport links to Queensland’s major economic growth area.
“The Pine River to Caloundra Interchange Planning project will provide a roadmap for how and where to fix deficiencies along this stretch of highway, which will be critical to the future of south east Queensland businesses,” Mr Roy said.
Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said safety and traffic capacity issues were a priority.
“The planning stage will be the basis for boosting the highway’s ability to cater for current and future traffic demands,” Mr Dutton said.
Federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough said the project would be of great benefit to Sunshine Coast motorists with fewer accidents and reduced travel times.
“It will be a very welcome advance on the current situation. I have been advocating for this for a very long time,” Mr Brough said.
Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the problem was mainly a result of an insufficient number of lanes being provided on interchange over-bridges.
“Fixing this, and widening the highway, will help remove the bottlenecks which have been of concern to drivers on this stretch for some time,” Mr Howarth said.
The Australian Government is providing $6.4 million towards planning, with the Queensland Government providing the remaining $1.6 million, based on an 80:20 split.
The planning work is due to start in early 2016 and to continue through to 2018.