Bruce Highway upgrade south of Childers opens to traffic early

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Motorists on the Bruce Highway will enjoy safer conditions with the $8 million upgrade to the Lucketts and Goodwood roads intersection opened today, months ahead of schedule.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the job was completed in just five months.

“These important works will make a tremendous difference for the more than 6,500 motorists and truck drivers who use this section of the highway each day,” Mr Truss said.

“From Brisbane to Cairns, the Bruce Highway is the backbone of Queensland. The Federal Government will deliver more than $900 million for further safety works on the highway, starting this financial year, to address issues such as this old intersection.”

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt welcomed the opening of the extended right-turn lane at the Lucketts Road intersection and new traffic signals at the Goodwood Road intersection.

“With the installation of the new signals, the Butchers Road intersection was moved a short distance south, significantly improving safety for turning vehicles,” Mr Pitt said, when officially opening the project.

“The local community and adjacent businesses have been very patient throughout construction, and I thank everyone for obeying road signs, slowing down and driving carefully around the road works site.”

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said providing better infrastructure is an important part of our strong plan for a brighter future and it is great to have an Australian Government that prioritises the Bruce Highway.

“While interim safety measures have been implemented over the years, it’s great to finally see some long-term improvements come into fruition for our regional communities in Queensland,” Mr Bennett said.

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