CQ rest area overhaul

A rest area near what was once known as the ‘Marlborough stretch’, a noted long distance fatigue trouble spot in central Queensland, is set for an overhaul

CQ rest area overhaul
CQ rest area overhaul

May 27, 2011

The Waverley Creek rest area on the Bruce Highway near St Lawrence is set to have a major overhaul as part of an $18.5 million package of works beginning in August.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and Queensland Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace say the works are part of improving the Bruce Highway.

"As part of the Gillard Labor Government's Bruce Highway Safety Package Round Two we are addressing the lack of safe, modern roadside facilities along this critical section of the national road network," Albanese says.

"Truck (and coach) drivers and the thousands of other users of the Bruce Highway will soon have more safe places to pull over and take a break," he says.

Wallace says it was important to ensure that heavy vehicle drivers and travellers had safe places to pull over and rest.

"We'll be constructing a new heavy vehicle rest area at Waverley Creek with enough parking for 14 b-double vehicles," he says.

"The existing rest area facilities will be upgraded with rehabilitation and sealing of the road surface, constructing parking areas, upgrading toilets and installing lighting."

Wallace adds that 26km of road shoulders on three sections of the Bruce Highway between Granite Creek and Freshwater Creek will be rehabilitated and sealed, as well as upgrading access to the rest stop area.

"At the moment, work is programmed to start in August and is expected to take until mid-2012 to complete, weather permitting."

Approximately 300 to 400 vehicles use this rest area each week.

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