$8M BRUCE HWY UPGRADE SOUTH OF CHILDERS OPENS TO TRAFFIC EARLIER THAN PLANNED:
Work boosts safety at intersection
Those intersections are now much safer than they were previously, and this is part of the Federal Government’s blackspot funding... Keith Pitt Federal Member for Hinkler
FIVE months of interruptions to local businesses and motorists caused by upgrades to the Bruce Hwy, south of Childers, are now over, with the road declared open this week.
The $8 million upgrade to the Lucketts and Goodwood Rds intersection was opened on Monday, two months ahead of schedule.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt welcomed the opening of the extended right-turn lane at the Lucketts Rd intersection and traffic signals at the Goodwood Rd intersection.
“With the installation of the new signals, the Butchers Rd intersection was moved a short distance south, significantly improving safety for turning vehicles,” Mr Pitt said.
“Those intersections are now much safer than they were previously, and this is part of the Federal Government’s blackspot funding for the Bruce Hwy.
“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 site.”
Mr Pitt said the project, fully funded by the Federal Government, affected about 6500 motorists who used this section of the highway each day.
Speaking on site, Mr Pitt congratulated the Department of Transport and Main Roads in completing the project months in advance of the expected September date.
“That’s great news for motorists, it’s great news for safety on the Bruce Hwy and the government has certainly beaten its commitments,” Mr Pitt said.
TMR acting district director Stephen Mallows was confident the safety improvements to Lucketts Rd would make a difference.
“There’s been some minor arrangements (and) modifications done to the traffic patterns with the local government, so we’ve detoured the heavy vehicles through the Goodwood Rd intersection here, which improves the safety of Lucketts Rd and also drives some of the reasons for the traffic signals here,” Mr Mallows said.
ROAD UPGRADE: Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt and Main Roads acting district director Stephen Mallows at the launch of the Bruce Hwy upgrades, south of Childers.