$8M BRUCE HWY UP­GRADE SOUTH OF CHILDERS OPENS TO TRAF­FIC EAR­LIER THAN PLANNED:

Work boosts safety at in­ter­sec­tion

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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