Traffic diversions on Bruce Hwy as upgrades begin

Bruce Highway traffic will be diverted onto a new stretch of road so upgrades to the route can begin

November 10, 2010

Traffic on Queensland’s Bruce Highway will be diverted onto a new stretch of road and delayed at times so work can continue on a multi-million dollar upgrade.

Motorists travelling between Sankeys Road and Middle Creek on the Sunshine Coast will be pushed onto a 2km route so work can begin on building new bridges.

The bridges are part of the $613 million Cooroy to Curra upgrade funded by the federal and Queensland governments and due to be completed in 2012.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace says speed limits will be reduced and traffic controllers and police will be used while construction is underway.

"Lane closures will also be necessary to protect motorists while asphalt is being laid; however, closures will only take place at night to minimise disruptions to road users," he says.

Wallace says the new section of highway will remain as two lanes – north and south bound – until the section of road is completed in 2012.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says the project will deliver a new 12km section of duplicated highway.

Wallace says the upgrades will improve driving conditions because road shoulders will be widened and technology such as variable message signs will be used.

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