BIG Rigs wants to keep you updated on road works affecting truck drivers and with the help of the Federal Infrastructure and Transport minister Anthony Albanese's office has a list of Queensland works that are underway and their expected time frames, other states will be covered in upcoming editions.
Works in progress
Pacific Motorway: Springwood South to Daisy Hill, Section B - upgrade and widen a 2.5 kilometre section of road. Cost: $365 million. Expected completion date late 2012.
The project will deliver safer, less congested driving conditions along this section of motorway about 11,800 trucks use this road every day.
Pacific Motorway: Widening between Nerang and Mudgeeraba Interchanges - project involves widening from four to six lanes between Pappas Way and Mudgeeraba Interchange. Cost: $223.5 million. Expected completion early 2015.
About 4,500 trucks use this road every day.
Mains and Kessels Interchange: Install a grade separation at the intersection between these two roads. Cost: $300 million. Expected completion mid-2014.
About 7000 trucks use this road daily.
Gateway Motorway North (Nudgee Road to Bruce Highway): Construct an additional northbound lane between the Sandgate Road Interchange and the existing five lane section south of the Deagon Deviation. Cost: $125 million. Expected completion early 2014. About 11,000 trucks use this road daily.
Bruce Hwy - Sarina to Cairns Black Spots: Safety enhancement works at 43 crash black spots on the Highway between Sarina and Cairns. Cost: $105 million. Expected completion mid-2014.
Bruce Hwy - Sarina to Cairns Rest Areas: Involves the construction of nine new rest areas, vehicle stopping places and audible edge lines between Sarina and Cairns.
Cost: $5 million. Expected completion mid 2014. The new rest areas will enhance safety for all road users, especially heavy vehicle operators.
Bruce Hwy - Sarina to Cairns: Overtaking Lanes - construct 23 new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between Sarina and Cairns. Cost: $60 million. Expected completion mid-2014.
Bruce Hwy (Southern Approach to Cairns): Construct an additional inbound lane and new overpasses; eliminate existing level crossings; improve access to service roads; install traffic management systems; and provide better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
Cost: $150 million. Expected completion late 2013. The project will deliver safer, faster and less congested driving conditions along the highway as well as easier access to and from the City's growing southern suburbs. About 3,300 trucks use this road daily.
Bruce Hwy (Cardwell Range Realignment): Flatten and straighten the highway over the Cardwell Range, construct a 180 metre long viaduct and replace the existing rail overpass. Cost $90 million. Expected completion mid-2013.
Townsville Port Access Rd: Construct a new dedicated freight route connecting the Bruce and Flinders highways to the Port of Townsville. Expected complete late 2012.
The project will give the operators of road trains direct access to the port, currently, they have to stop at the city's outskirts and break their vehicles up into single trailers before accessing the port via semi-suburban roads. The government estimates 1000 trucks will use this road daily once complete.
Bruce Hwy (Burdekin Road Safety Audit Projects): Safety works on sections of the Bruce Highway identified by the 2002 Burdekin Road Safety Audit. Cost $25 million. Expected complete late 2012.
Bruce Hwy (Southern Approach to Sarina): Upgrade and straighten the highway heading south out of Sarina. Cost $10 million, expected complete late 2012.
Bruce Hwy (Curra to Sarina): Black spots, rest areas and overtaking lanes. Safety enhancements to 50 known crash black spots, construction of 27 new and upgraded rest areas, vehicle stopping places and audible edge lines and 29 new overtaking lanes. Expected to be complete mid-2014.
Bruce Hwy (Cooroy to Curra, Section B): A new four-lane divided carriageway between Sankey's Rd and south of Traveston Rd is expected to be complete at the end of 2012.
Warrego Hwy will get six new and refurnished rest areas and six heavy vehicle stopping places and audible edge lines.
Also five extra overtaking lanes between Oakey and Dalby; a new breakdown area near Roma and a new bridge over the Maranoa River at Mitchell.
Expected completion is mid-2014.