BRUCE HIGHWAY WORK SOUTH OF TORBANLEA SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ON TIME & BUDGET. CONGRATULATIONS WARREN TRUSS & SUNSTATE GROUP QLD.

I TRAVEL THIS ROAD SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK GOING TO MARYBOROUGH & NOW SO MUCH BETTER-HENRY SAPIECHA EDITOR & OWNER OF www.frasercoastcentral.com.au

Bruce Highway upgrade south of Torbanlea complete

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THE widening of a section of road on the Bruce Highway adjacent to Wongi State Forest, south of Torbanlea has been completed.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $7.1 million project had created a major increase in the separation distance between vehicles travelling in opposite directions for 2.2 kilometres.

“Widening this section of the highway has allowed a wide centre line treatment to be put in place which improves drivers’ chances of avoiding a crash should they stray out of their lanes,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the treatment was recently recognised at the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference as a highly effective means of reducing the number of serious road crashes.

“The Coalition Government is committed to building a safer Bruce Highway and we are continuing to provide funding to roll out this important safety treatment along the length of the highway,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Bruce Highway is the major artery connecting Queensland’s coastal communities and the economic centres between Brisbane and Cairns. It is the single most important piece of infrastructure for the people of my electorate.

“Without it, Hinkler residents wouldn’t be able to get their products to market, visit loved ones or evacuate during an emergency. It also enables tourists to visit our great region.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the works are an example of what can be achieved when governments work together to deliver improved safety on Queensland roads.

“An added bonus was that an average of 22 direct jobs were supported over the life of the project,” Mr Bailey said.

The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule by local contractor, Sunstate Group Queensland.

The works were jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $5.7 million and the Queensland Government $1.4 million.

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Henry Sapiecha

Drivers to win big with St Helens school lights and Torbanlea causeway funding

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DRIVERS were the big winners across the Fraser Coast, with new traffic lights set for St Helen’s School and upgrades to Bruce Hwy.

The Torbanlea causeway will also become a reality, with funding of $1.8 million. The project was announced but not funded by the former LNP government.

However, hopes of bringing back pathology to the Maryborough Hospital will not be realised just yet, with no funding announced to revive the service.

Instead the Bruce Highway, the environment  and people with complex health needs were  among the areas funded in the Wide Bay’s $668 million 2015-16 spend.

The multi-million dollar boost includes $572.5 million for health, utility, education and transport infrastructure; $37.7 million in disaster relief funding; and $14.5 million – or $58m over four years – to pay for school improvements.

About $19 million will go towards improving and maintaining sections of the Bruce Highway  between Maryborough and Gympie.

Access to Maryborough’s St Helen’s School will be improved with a $2.1 million set of traffic lights at a nearby intersection.

Environmental commitments included $630,000 for a new wastewater treatment system at  Dundabara in the Great Sandy National Park on Fraser Island.

Both Fraser Coast and Bundaberg councils will share $43,000 to tackle littering and illegal dumping.

About  $500,000 will be spent repairing the Mary River levees.

A total of $1.3 million will fund the replacement of  CT scanners at Hervey Bay and Bundaberg hospitals.

The Fraser Coast will also benefit from a region-wide commitment of   $2.2 million for cardiology services, $4.9 million for ophthalmology services and $2.7 million for other health care services.

Hervey Bay’s hospital emergency department will get a share of $20 million set aside to improve ERs across the state.

Other Wide Bay region pledges included $24.8 million for public housing, $6.8 million for homeless support  and $25,000 to help indigenous communities with cultural and conservation projects.

The Wide Bay covers Fraser Coast, Kingaroy, Nanango, Bundaberg and Gympie.

-APN Newsdesk 

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Henry Sapiecha

Work begins on $7.1 million Bruce Hwy upgrade south of Torbanlea

Hervey Bay MP Keith Pitt and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss are part of the $7.1 million Bruce Hwy contract announcement image www.frasercoastcentral.com.au

AN UPGRADE worth $7.1 million to the Bruce Highway south of Torbanlea is about to begin, with SGQ awarded the contract to improve a 2.2 kilometre stretch of the highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said works along the stretch will include widening lanes, sealing road shoulders and adding a one-metre centre line.
“In combination, these measures will give motorists a much larger margin for error, making the highway safer. The Coalition Government is building a safer and more flood immune Bruce Highway through our record $6.7 billion investment in projects through our Infrastructure Investment Programme,” Mr Truss said.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the upgrade is located near the Wongi State Forest, south of Torbanlea.
“The project will also replace some of the culverts along the highway, making it less prone to flooding during our coastal storms,” Mr Pitt said.
“The Bruce Highway is the single most important piece of infrastructure in my electorate and whenever it’s closed it affects local businesses transporting their goods to market. Every dollar we invest in upgrading the highway is money in the pockets of local businesses and families.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the works are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders thanked motorists in advance for their patience while these works are being carried out.
“While the road works will create some disruption for motorists during the construction stage, the local community and road users will be the ultimate beneficiaries of a safer and more efficient highway. As an added bonus, these works will deliver jobs for local workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” Mr Saunders said.
Motorists are being urged to observe all safety signage during the construction stage and to slow down and drive to conditions while travelling through the work sites.
The safety works are jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $5.6 million and the Queensland Government $1.4 million.

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Henry Sapiecha

BRUCE HIGHWAY UPGRADE WITH PASSING LANES BETWEEN TORBANLEA INTERSECTION & BURRUM RIVER ROAD FRASER COAST

THE BRUCE HIGHWAY BETWEEN THE TORBO INTERSECTION & BURRUM RIVER ROAD IS TO HAVE PASSING LANES INSTALLED.

 

The following letter was sent to me by the Main Roads Dept

Thank you for your email of 7 March 2013 requesting information about the Bruce Highway overtaking lane project near Torbanlea.

The $8 million federally-funded project to construct two overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between Howard and Torbanlea has commenced. The new north and southbound lanes – each 1.2km in length – will provide motorists with another opportunity to safely pass slow-moving vehicles.

To carry out these works safely and efficiently, traffic controllers, single-lane closures and speed restrictions will be in place as required. Works will generally be carried out between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Motorists are asked to be patient, drive to the changed conditions and obey all signage while these works are underway. Motorists should expected changed conditions and allow additional time for their journey, when necessary.

FK Gardner and Sons Group has been awarded the project contract, which is expected to be completed in late 2013, weather permitting.

For further information about the works, call 1300 728 390 during business hours, email [email protected] or visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au.

Also for your information, the Australian Government released a combined media statement about the overtaking lane project and another nearby project at Howard – web address below:

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/aa/releases/2013/March/aa052_2013.aspx

Kind regards,

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An aerial view of the location & some recently taken pics are below


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EARLIER WORKS DONE ON HIGHWAY HERE BELOW

The above works fill in the gap between the two intersection jobs done below

http://frasercoastcentral.com.au/2012/05/01/torbanlea-intersection-now-completed-what-a-great-job-so-llok-at-photos-here/

http://frasercoastcentral.com.au/2012/02/21/torbanlea-fraser-coast-intersection-night-work-by-sunstate-group-quensland/

http://frasercoastcentral.com.au/2011/10/20/bruce-highway-burrum-river-road-intersection-upgrade-photos-for-sale-5-acre-lots-town-water/

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NEW BRUCE HIGHWAY OVERTAKING LANES OPEN BETWEEN HOWARD AND CHILDERS & MORE TO COME AT TORBANLEA & ELSEWHERE SAY MAIN ROADS DEPT

TWO new overtaking lanes have opened on the Bruce Hwy between Howard and Childers just in time for the busy Christmas break.

Measuring 1.3kms each, the overtaking lanes located near Pig Creek and the Cherwell River are aimed at reducing the number of risky overtaking incidents.

The timing of these lanes comes at a good time, with traffic set to increase along this stretch of the Bruce Hwy during the holiday period.

On an average day, the stretch between Howard and Childers sees more than 7000 vehicles a day – 21% of which are heavy vehicles.

The Federal Government funded the overtaking lanes as part of its $440 million Bruce Hwy Safety Package, which is dedicated to fixing black spots, providing more overtaking opportunities and improving driving conditions along the highway.

Next year work will begin on more overtaking lanes at Bauple, Torbanlea and Wallaville.
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