Truck turning made a whole lot easier

Truck turning made easier after the opening of a $12.3 million upgrade to the Bruce Highway

December 23, 2009

Truck drivers have been handed an early Christmas present, with a multi-million dollar upgrade to the Bruce Highway opening today.

The $12.3 million project installed traffic signals, designated turning lanes and widened Farrellys Road and Schmidtke Road intersection to improve safety and the flow of traffic.

"These improvements will enable safer turning movements for heavy vehicles in addition to improved traffic flow and pedestrian safety at this busy intersection," Dawson MP James Mr Bidgood says.

"In addition to these works, the road was widened by nine metres to provide four lanes, a central median to separate traffic and upgrades to the drainage."

State MP for Mackay Tim Mulherin says the upgrade, funded by the Bligh and Rudd governments, will boost safety.

"Safety is our number one priority on our roads and the completion of these works means motorists using the Bruce Highway over the Christmas break will have a safer and smoother ride," he says.

The upgrade is part of a $2.6 billion investment in the Bruce Highway, which both governments say is one of the longest and most important sections of the national road network.

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