Abbott gives first year infrastructure report

SEVERAL Bruce Highway projects are completed already, but northern New South Wales residents will have to wait until the "end of the decade" for the Pacific Highway duplication.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday updated parliament on infrastructure works in the government's first year in office.

While mainly touting large inner-city projects, Mr Abbott said the Pacific Hwy duplication was now "60% complete".

He said since taking office, the government had duplicated 32km of the horror stretch of NSW road, and now 397km was complete.

Mr Abbott said the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade was complete, but the whole project would not be completed until "the end of the decade".

He also told the parliament five projects, at Gin Gin, Mackay, Cairns, Calliope Crossroads and Burdekin, were already completed on Queensland's Bruce Highway.

He said the long-awaited Toowoomba second range crossing project, with $1.28 billion funding from the Commonwealth, was still in the "procurement process".

Mr Abbott said he still expected "major construction works" would start next year on the Toowoomba project.

- APN NEWSDESK



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