Bundaberg locals will be safer on roads across the region as $21.2 million in joint funds help to improve road safety across the Wide Bay Burnett.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said some of the fast-tracked works had already begun and were scheduled to be completed by June 2022.
“This announcement is fantastic news for the Wide Bay area, and I would like to thank locals in advance for their patience while we undertake the works,” Mr Bailey said.
“It comes as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $27.5 billion four-year road and transport plan, creating 24,000 jobs and driving Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19.”
State Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said the works package would help keep Bundaberg locals safe on the roads.
“These upgrades, which form part of the $150 million of works being delivered in Bundaberg by the Palaszczuk Government, will improve the safety of motorists on our Bundaberg roads,” Mr Smith said.
“Alongside the Bruce Highway and King Street intersection upgrade at Gin Gin, we’re also rehabilitating the Bundaberg–Gin Gin Road Burnett River bridge and delivering the Bundaberg to Gin Gin rail trail.”
Safety improvements in Wide Bay Burnett will include:
- $10.6 million to continue sealing the gravel sections of Monto – Mount Perry Road to a two-lane, bitumen standard.
- $5.6 million to undertake upgrades at the Bruce Highway and Mittleheusers Road intersection at Wallaville, Goodwood Road and Woodgate Road intersection at Goodwood, various intersections along Booral Road between Parke Avenue and Bingham Road at Booral, and the Bruce Highway and King Street intersection at Gin Gin.
Assistant Regional Roads Minister and Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the funding joined more than $1.4 billion in road and transport projects being delivered in the Wide Bay Burnett region over the next four years.
“I’m incredibly proud to see this project get underway, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to regional Queensland,” Mr Saunders said.
“And we’re getting on with rolling out projects to improve the Wide Bay’s roads, such as Bruce Highway and Isis Highway upgrades, and the Mundubbera bridge replacement.
“We also recently announced a $7.1 billion train manufacturing investment in Maryborough, supporting 800 jobs in the region and transforming Queensland into Australia’s rail manufacturing powerhouse.
“Ahead of construction, project officers will contact residents living near each site to inform them about the scope of works and any associated impacts.
“Our road and transport plan over the next four years includes some $4.6 billion for network maintenance works across the state, as well as $1.7 billion towards road safety.
“Projects like these are yet another example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to getting Queenslanders home sooner and safer.”
For more information about the projects, contact the Southern Queensland Region's Bundaberg office on 1300 728 390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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