Work starts on new pass­ing lanes for Bruce Hwy

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE jour­ney be­tween Mackay and the Whit­sun­days is on the road to be­com­ing safer now work has be­gun on two over­tak­ing lanes on the Bruce Hwy.

The pro­ject will pro­vide pass­ing lanes south­bound at Kitty Creek, 10km north of Kut­tabul, and north­bound at Carey’s Creek, 7km south of Calen.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Daw­son Ge­orge Chris­tensen said the high­way ad­di­tions would make the road­way safer for driv­ers.

“Up­grades like th­ese not only in­crease ca­pac­ity but also al­low mo­torists to safely over­take slower mov­ing ve­hi­cles like trucks, buses and ve­hi­cles tow­ing car­a­vans,” he said.

“This is a busy sec­tion of the Bruce, not only for those of us who live here but also for the many tourists who travel the coast and those op­er­at­ing heavy ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing freight.

“It amounts to thou­sands of ve­hi­cles ev­ery day.

“Th­ese new over­tak­ing lanes be­tween Mackay and Calen are ex­pected to be fin­ished by the middle of the year and I know ev­ery sin­gle mo­torist will ap­pre­ci­ate them.”

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