District Director Wide Bay Burnett Transport and Main Roads district director Scott Whitaker, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders at the sod-turning ceremony at the Glenorchy Straight.
District Director Wide Bay Burnett Transport and Main Roads district director Scott Whitaker, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders at the sod-turning ceremony at the Glenorchy Straight. Valerie Horton

First sod turned on Glenorchy Straight roadworks

POLITICIANS Warren Truss and Bruce Saunders have turned the first sod on roadworks to upgrade the Glenorchy Straight on the Bruce Hwy south of Maryborough.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade would help reduce the danger of head-on crashes by providing increased separation between on-coming vehicles.

Member for Maryborough, Bruce Saunders, representing Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey at the sod-turning event, said the road pavement would be widened to 11m to allow for a wide centre median, along with intersection upgrades at Old Gympie and Seven Mile Rds.

"Audible, tactile line markings will be installed along the one metre-wide painted median to alert drivers if they veer too close to the centre of the road," he said.

"Protected right-turning lanes will be installed on Old Gympie Rd and Seven Mile Rd to enhance safety for motorists.

"As an added bonus, these works will provide 16 direct jobs for workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever."

An elderly couple were killed trying to turn down Old Gympie Rd in September last year.

The successful tenderer for the Glenorchy Straight upgrade was BMD Constructions.

The Australian Government is providing $4.1 million towards the Glenorchy Straight works, with the Queensland Government contributing $1.1 million.

Further information on Bruce Hwy upgrades can be found at www.tmr.qld.gov.au.



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