Highway needs a load of funding
KEN O'Dowd and other coalition members from Cairns through to Wide Bay have started a powerful lobby group to fight for more funding to fix the Bruce Highway.
The Member for Flynn supported about 50 passionate residents from Bajool and surrounding areas at a special meeting on Tuesday night to address the “danger zones” along the section of highway from Mt Larcom through to Rockhampton.
“Today there has been yet another fatal accident along this stretch. The Main Roads department just isn't getting enough funding to fix the Bruce Highway,” Mr O'Dowd said yesterday.
He said one of the major concerns voiced by residents at the Bajool meeting was the fear of driving this dangerous and narrow stretch, especially after dark.
“The intersections are unlit, the road is dangerously narrow, there are black spots and three-feet-wide pot holes.”
Mr O'Dowd said instant pothole “patchwork” wasn't a good enough solution.
“With a wet year, the problem is just getting worse. We need a proper service, not just patchwork.”
He said the taskforce lobby group with about six Coalition members was formed in Canberra last week.
“We will lobby the Government for much better funding for our biggest national highway.”
Mr O'Dowd said the state of the highway was starting to affect the tourism industry.
“Vehicles and caravans are being damaged. Tourists don't want to risk it.
“The chairman of the meeting, Reg Shields, said a section of highway outside his house hadn't been touched in about 50 years.”
The public meeting was organised by the Bajool, Marmor and District Ratepayers Association.
Queensland Police Service Inspectors Mike Curtin and Ewan Findlater, Terry Hill from Main Roads and Queensland Transport's David Ryder all showed their support at the meeting.
Association secretary Fay McCamley said some of the major concerns raised were the width of the highway leaving motorists no room for emergency exits, lack of exit lanes for right-hand turns across on-coming traffic, the need for longer overtaking lanes and fears of travelling on the road at night in competition with the heavy vehicle traffic.
A motion was put forward to obtain vital funding from the Government for upgrading of this section of highway, in desperate need of repair.
The Morning Bulletin alongside the RACQ started its “Fix the Bruce” campaign on September 18 in a push to see about $1 billion spent on safety improvements to bring the Bruce Highway up to far safer standards.
FIX THE BRUCE
A group of Coalition members have started a powerful lobby group to fight for more funding for the Bruce Highway
Bajool, Marmor and district ratepayers and authorities met on Tuesday night to discuss Bruce Highway concerns
A motion was put forward to obtain vital funding from the government for upgrading of this section of highway