Communities along the Bruce Highway, including the Sunshine Coast, will reap some of the biggest benefits from the Liberal and Nationals Government’s announcement of a $1.3 billion infrastructure package to bust congestion, improve public transport and keep drivers safer on the state’s roads.

In addition to funding for duplication of the North Coast Rail, $113.6 million will be accelerated into the forward estimates to secure delivery of the Bruce Highway – Pine River to Caloundra Corridor – Future Priorities project, while $39 million will be accelerated into the forward estimates to secure delivery of the Bruce Highway – Linkfield Road Overpass project. Both projects will increase safety, reduce travel times and bust congestion for Sunshine Coast residents travelling to and from Brisbane on the Bruce Highway.

The Morrison Government has been working with states and territories to bring forward critical road projects across Australia to drive jobs, strengthen the economy and get people home sooner and safer.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said delivering critical road projects sooner, as part of the Government’s $100 billion pipeline, was responsible and considered economic management.

“We want these road projects delivered as quickly as possible so Queenslanders can benefit from better infrastructure, but importantly we want to boost the economy now.

“By bringing forward these important road projects we will drive jobs, boost the economy and make Queensland roads and highways safer, while reducing travel times so people can be with their families instead of being stuck in traffic,” the Prime Minister said.

“The package brings forward almost a quarter of a billion dollars of federal Bruce Highway investment into the forward estimates to ensure delivery of critical priorities.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Government’s record $100 billion infrastructure pipeline is delivering projects people want and need, job opportunities and economic growth for communities across Australia.

“This is about delivering critical projects that make a difference to regional communities sooner thanks to responsible economic management in partnership with the states and territories,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Government is investing $10 billion in the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program from 2013–14 to 2027–28 to deliver priority upgrades along the state’s key north-south route.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said “These nearby upgrades will mean more productivity and more jobs for locals on the Sunshine Coast.  Jobs when our building, construction and engineering sectors are facing difficult times.  Jobs that will see the construction of a better Bruce Highway and get our commuters home sooner and safer. Jobs that will see Sunshine Coast businesses having better and more efficient access to customers and markets outside our region.”

“The Federal Government’s commitment to driving our national economy should be seen in stark contrast to Federal Labor, who when last in Government, racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in debt with their ill-considered programs like pink batts and cash for clunkers.  In contrast, working with all State and Territory Governments, we are delivering meaningful, economy driving, much needed infrastructure as part of the Federal Government’s $100 billion infrastructure program, and we’re doing that while delivering a budget surplus.” Mr Wallace said.

The Bruce Highway – Linkfield Road Overpass Project involves the duplication and upgrade of the Linkfield Road Overpass that will improve capacity at the connection of the Linkfield Road/Gympie Arterial Road to the interchange at Bridgeman Downs, leading to the southern end of the Bruce Highway.

The Bruce Highway – Pine River to Caloundra Corridor – Future Priorities project will focus on reducing congestion and travel times, improving safety and flood immunity, with specific upgrades to be prioritised in consultation with the Queensland Government. The delivery schedule for these projects will also be determined with the State Government.

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