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Works on notorious Bruce Highway intersection to start this year

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Work to build a roundabout at a notorious Bruce Highway intersection, are expected to start by the end of the year and create more than 40 jobs for the region.

The State and Federal Governments called for tenders on Friday, as part of the jointly-funded $14 million Bruce Highway-Wide Bay Highway Intersection Upgrade at Bells Bridge.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the new roundabout design reflected community feedback and would create a safer environment by slowing traffic and reducing the risk of serious crashes, particularly during peak times.

“An additional $2.6 million of safety works will be delivered with this project including new speed limit warning signs, guard rails and an upgrade to the Spring Valley Road intersection,” Mr McCormack said.

“Other safety upgrades on the Bruce Highway between Meadows Lane and Wide Bay Highway will be done at the same time to minimise disruption and maximise efficiencies."

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said getting tenders out now would mean construction would start by the end of the year and encouraged local businesses to get involved.

“The global economy has been hit hard by COVID-19, but Queensland’s strong health response to-date means our state can kick-start the economy quickly, and get on with the job of rolling out a $23 billion pipeline of road and transport upgrades,” Mr Bailey said.

“We listened to the community and worked with them on a new design for this intersection."

The tender will remain open until 14 August 2020.

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