Tracey Joynson

Tinana interchange upgrade around the corner

YOU can now have your say on the $38 million upgrade of the Bruce Hwy interchange at Tinana.

Member for Wide Bay, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for infrastructure and regional development Warren Truss said the project would deliver improved safety and efficiency and a smoother exit from the Bruce Hwy into Maryborough.

"The upgrade is expected to reduce the number and severity of crashes, reduce maintenance costs and vehicle operating costs, and enable the posted speed limit to be increased," Mr Truss said.

"The project involves constructing a new overpass onto the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd and a new northbound off-ramp and overpass structure requiring motorists to exit the left instead of the right."

Once the project is completed, both continuing lanes of Bruce Hwy traffic will travel under the new overpass and be separated by a wide centre line treatment.

The existing southbound highway off-ramp to Gympie Rd will also be removed and a new off-ramp for traffic heading south will be built at Iindah Rd.

"The new interchange will be a far more attractive and inviting welcome to one of Queensland's premier tourism destinations, including Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Fraser Island," he said.

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Baily said this interchange had a poor safety record and this long awaited project would provide a long term solution.

"We've undertaken temporary measures including dropping speed limits and signage upgrades which have reduced the number of crashes in the area," Mr Bailey said.

"I'm very pleased we are now in a position to share permanent plans on improving this interchange with the community.

"I encourage the broader community to review the plans and provide feedback to Transport and Main Roads before the design is finalised later this year."

Mr Bailey said if the plans run smoothly, construction might begin as early as May 2016.

For further information regarding the project go to www.tmr.qld.gov.au, Projects, Bruce Hwy (Tinana interchange)

The upgrade was jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $30.4m and the Queensland Government contributing $7.6m.



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