Drivers asked for patience as gov't spruces the Bruce

DRIVERS are being asked to be patient as the Queensland Government rolls out a record number of roadworks aimed at making travel safer on the Bruce Hwy.

Maryborough MP Anne Maddern said motorists on the highway, particularly between Gympie and Gin Gin, would notice the Spruce the Bruce campaign in the coming weeks.

"We have already seen intersection upgrades at Torbanlea and Howard and Walker St in Maryborough, an overtaking lane north of Chapmans Rd, Bauple, an upgrade of the intersection at Brooks Rd, Bauple, new overtaking lanes and extensive centre line separation for safety purposes," she said.

"This campaign will highlight the almost 200 projects currently under way or due to start in the coming months across the 1700km, including roadworks in the Maryborough electorate.

"Whether you are driving children to school, visiting as a tourist or hauling freight please show some patience with the delays while we get on with this crucial program.

"I want families and all future generations to be able to travel safely on the Bruce Hwy and to be proud of it but that is going to need a record program of works.

"Spruce the Bruce will not only keep motorists informed of works being undertaken as part of our landmark $8.5 billion, 10-year deal with the Federal Government, it will engage them while on their journey.

"This campaign will include a social media competition, where Queenslanders share a photo - old or new - of their favourite tourist spot along the Bruce Hwy and upload it to Facebook for the chance to win a personalised numberplate.

"There will also be Spruce the Bruce travel kits and online activities for kids.

"Anyone driving the 21 hours from Brisbane to Cairns should expect to be delayed by about two hours due to roadworks.

"Without these works the RACQ predict that between 300 and 400 people will die in crashes over the next 10 years.

"Motorists will benefit from a Bruce Hwy that is safer, has more capacity and is flood- resilient."

The Federal Government is contributing 80%, or $6.7 billion, towards upgrades along the length of the Bruce Hwy.

Visit www.qld.gov.au/sprucethebruce to find out more about the campaign.