Bruce Highway upgrade is on track

A MAJOR component of the Bruce Highway upgrade, between Traveston and Sankeys roads, is now complete.

Construction workers have removed more than five million cubic metres of earth.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said completion of the bulk earthworks followed last month’s opening of two kilometres of new highway and cleared the way for work to begin on the remaining 10 kilometres of new road. The project is on track to finish in 2012.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the planned works would create a divided carriageway, reducing the risk of head-on collisions. A spokesperson for Mr Albanese said a $200 million planning process was underway for the rest of the upgrade between Cooroy and Curra.

He said once the planning was complete – in the next 12 to 18 months – a construction time table would be available.

Then the government would roll out the rest of the upgrade.

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