Smooth path to the tropics

What was once considered a Bruce Highway horror stretch has undergone transformation with a much-needed upgrade on the southern approaches of Koumala

Smooth path to the tropics
Smooth path to the tropics

December 15, 2010

Long distance bus drivers and their truck driving colleagues will benefit from safer and smoother driving conditions on the Bruce Highway south of Koumala following the completion of a $3 million upgrade.

Koumala is considered the ‘gateway’ to north Queensland at the end of the long featureless road that spans central Queensland north of Rockhampton to the cane fields of the Mackay-Sarina region in the tropical north.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the upgrade at Koumala’s Smarts Road intersection involved the strengthening and resurfacing of four kilometres of highway, providing a safer, smoother drive for the 3,300 motorists who use this section every day.

Acting Queensland Main Roads Minister Rachel Nolan says the Department of Transport and Main Roads managed the project on behalf of the Federal Government.

"The Bruce Highway is a key coastal transport corridor in northern Queensland and links a number of major cities across the state," Nolan says.

"The project outside Koumala is great news for both local and through traffic and is yet another good example of how the federal and state governments are working together to build the road infrastructure our state needs."

Nolan acknowledged the hard work of the Queensland Main Roads construction group RoadTek for its role in completing the project.

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