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Powell Media Release- Patience please while we Spruce the Bruce (18 August 2014)

Local drivers are being asked to show patience as the Queensland Government rolls out a record number of roadworks aimed at making travel safer on the Bruce Highway.

Member for Glass House said motorists on the Bruce Highway at the Pumicestone Road Interchange Upgrade would start to notice the Spruce the Bruce campaign in the coming weeks.

This campaign will highlight the almost 200 projects currently underway or due to start in the coming months across the 1700 kilometres.

“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 Highway 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 Highway 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 Highway that is safer, has more capacity and is flood resilient.” Mr Powell said.

The Federal Coalition Government is contributing 80 per cent, or $6.7 billion, towards upgrades along the length of the Bruce Highway.
Visit www.qld.gov.au/sprucethebruce to find out more about the campaign or like our Facebook page facebook.com/TMRQld.
The LNP has:
• Delivered our 2012 election promise to compile the Bruce Highway Action Plan – Out of a Crisis.
• Secured a 10-year, $8.5 billion funding deal with the Abbott Government
• A record $770 million program of works on the Bruce Highway in 2014-15

ENDS – 18 August 2104

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