ROAD UPGRADES: The stretch of the Bruce Highway north of Rockhampton is set to become safer as construction on safety upgrades kicks off this week.
ROAD UPGRADES: The stretch of the Bruce Highway north of Rockhampton is set to become safer as construction on safety upgrades kicks off this week.

Bruce Highway safety upgrades begin north of Rockhampton

MOTORISTS travelling on the Bruce Highway this week can expect to spot a number of new road works signs as construction activity begins on a $18.271 million safety upgrade.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads said the safety upgrades on the Bruce Highway between Nielsen Ave and Etna Creek Road, north of Rockhampton, commenced on Thursday.

CONSTRUCTION MAP: Safety upgrades have commenced to upgrade the Bruce Highway between Nielsen Ave and Plentiful Creek.
CONSTRUCTION MAP: Safety upgrades have commenced to upgrade the Bruce Highway between Nielsen Ave and Plentiful Creek.

This project was identified as part of the program of works to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes on the Bruce Highway.

TMR said it was improving safety for road users by using protected right hand turn lanes, wide centre line treatment, safer roadside treatments including batter flattening, removal of isolated hazards and provision of barriers and improvements to intersections.

The upgrade works were expected to be completed by mid-2021 (weather permitting).

These works will be undertaken daily from 6am to 6pm and during this time, motorists could expect minor traffic delays and speed restrictions through the construction site during operating hours.

SAFETY BOOST: The upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Nielsen Ave and Etna Creek Road will include pavement widening and wide centre line treatment.
SAFETY BOOST: The upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Nielsen Ave and Etna Creek Road will include pavement widening and wide centre line treatment.

Project locations north of Rockhampton include:

• Angela Road - Greenlake Road

• Greenlake Road/Dawson Road intersection

• Greenlake Road - Meldrum Road

• Meldrum Road - Etna Creek Road.

The project was jointly funded by the Australian ($14.617 million)

and Queensland governments ($3.654 million).

In addition to the safety upgrades project, work is already underway on the Bruce Highway Plentiful Creek overtaking lane.

A $9.4 million package of works (funded by the Australian Government) will involve the construction of new overtaking lanes north of Rockhampton, at Plentiful Creek.

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ROAD UPGRADE: TMR are rolling out a $9.4 million package of works to construct two new overtaking lanes north of Rockhampton, at Plentiful Creek.
ROAD UPGRADE: TMR are rolling out a $9.4 million package of works to construct two new overtaking lanes north of Rockhampton, at Plentiful Creek.

TMR said the project would provide critical safety benefits to motorists and ensure the highway could cater for future traffic growth.

It will also improve driver safety by reducing driver frustration, improving overtaking opportunities and travel times and increasing freight efficiency and heavy vehicle management.

 

Key features of the upgrade works include:

• Two new overtaking lanes at Plentiful Creek, both northbound and southbound

• Widening the road formation to incorporate wide centre line treatment

• Replacement of drainage structures

• Signage replacement

• Clear zone clearing to improve visibility and safety.

For more information on the Nielsen Ave to Plentiful Creek safety works, visit here.

For more information on the Bruce Highway-Plentiful Creek overtaking lane, visit here.