Maxine McKew opened Gympie’s highway upgrade.
Maxine McKew opened Gympie’s highway upgrade.

Smooth run south for Coast drivers

FRASER Coast residents will rejoice with the news that next time they drive through Gympie to Brisbane they won’t be held up with major roadworks.

The $70.8 million federally funded Bruce Highway upgrade in Gympie was yesterday opened three months ahead of schedule.

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Maxine McKew, who was in Gympie for the opening, said the third and final stage of the works between Channon and Pine streets completed more than three kilometres of works.

“This project is an outstanding example of the Rudd and Bligh governments delivering on our commitment to improving road infrastructure and safety for the growing south-east Queensland population,” Ms McKew said.

“Not only are we delivering these projects, we are delivering them on budget and ahead of schedule.”

“This project has been ahead of target since day one, generating 164 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase.

“The upgrade of the highway through Gympie is just one of a number of projects being funded as part of the Rudd Government’s record $2.6 billion investment in the Bruce Highway, one of the longest and most important sections of the national road network carrying more than nine million tonnes of freight per year.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace said the project demonstrated the State Government’s commitment to improving road safety across the state.

The project included widening the road to four lanes, upgrading seven intersections and installing three new sets of traffic signals to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and safety for motorists.

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