Bet­ter con­di­tions soon for driv­ers

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MO­TORISTS will soon ex­pe­ri­ence safer trav­el­ling con­di­tions on the Bruce Hwy be­tween Loeskows and In­skip Rds at Booyal.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment War­ren Truss said a $700,000 pave­ment widen­ing pro­ject now un­der way would im­prove the seven-kilo­me­tre stretch of high­way.

“A wide cen­tre line treat­ment will be con­structed to pro­vide greater sep­a­ra­tion be­tween ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling in op­po­site di­rec­tions, re­duc­ing the po­ten­tial for head-on col­li­sions and al­low­ing more space to pass ve­hi­cles stopped on the side of the road,” Mr Truss said.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt said other works would in­clude shoul­der widen­ing and im­prove­ments to em­bank­ments.

“The con­struc­tion of a ‘clear zone’ on the side of the high­way will also pro­vide room for driv­ers to safely re­gain con­trol of their ve­hi­cles if they ac­tu­ally leave the road,” Mr Pitt said.

Queens­land Main Roads and Road Safety Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley said the im­prove­ments would ben­e­fit mo­torists trav­el­ling the high­way reg­u­larly.

“To carry out th­ese works safely and ef­fi­ciently, traf­fic con­trollers, sin­gle-lane clo­sures and speed re­stric­tions will be in place as re­quired,” Mr Bai­ley said.

“Works will gen­er­ally be car­ried out be­tween 6am and 6pm, Mon­day to Satur­day and the pro­ject is ex­pected to be fin­ished in mid-2016, weather per­mit­ting.”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

SMOOTH SAIL­ING SOON: Road­works north of Booyal on the Bruce Hwy have started.

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