Queensland Budget puts Bruce front and centre

Queensland Budget allocates $153 million to Bruce Highway and sets aside funds for other key transport projects across the state

June 4, 2013

The Queensland Government has allocated $153 million to Bruce Highway projects next financial year, while also setting aside funds for other key projects across the State.

Handed down today, the Queensland Budget invests a record $690 million in the Bruce Highway in 2013-14. However, the majority of that funding ($537 million) is coming from the Federal Government.

"We are continuing to lift our commitment to the Bruce Highway, to now fund almost one-quarter of this federal road," Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson says.

"Now it’s up to the Federal Government to ensure they keep growing their funding."

Emerson says the Budget will also deliver an additional $340 million over the next four years to meet the State Government’s promise of an additional $1 billion over 10 years to bring the Bruce up to a satisfactory standard.

"This will ensure we can continue to deliver more capacity, boost safety and improve flood mitigation," he says.

The Budget will deliver $65 million to start the $790 million Cooroy to Curra upgrade, while money will also be fast-tracked for flood recovery works over the next two years.

"We are currently out to tender on more than $276 million of work as part of our recovery from ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald," Emerson says.

"There is also $72 million for Roads to Resources, including the start of the Toowoomba Ring Road and Townsville’s Blakey’s Crossing."

Federal and Queensland funds will also go to projects on the Barkly, Capricorn, Warrego, Carnarvon, Cunningham, Dawson, Flinders, Peak Downs, Kennedy, Landsborough and New England highways.

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