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Bruce Highway to get $44 million upgrade

MORE overtaking lanes, safer intersections and floodproofing along the Bruce Highway are part of a $603 million spend on Queensland's main traffic corridor north and south of Townsville this year.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the State Government knew the Bruce Highway was the "lifeblood" of the Townsville region.

"As the national highway linking the north with the far north and the south east, the Palaszczuk Government recognises the absolute importance of a safe and efficient Bruce Highway to Townsville and its economy," he said.

This year south of Townsville at Mailman Rd to Killymoon Creek, the State Government will widen the road and add overtaking lanes.

Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper said the $44 million project, jointly funded by the Federal Government, would reduce the risk of collisions.

The upgrade is expected to be completed by late 2020, weather permitting.

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