Mayor's push for four-lane highway

ROCKHAMPTON Mayor Brad Carter wants the incoming State Government, whether it be Labor or the Liberal National Party, to make a four-lane Capricorn Hwy to Gracemere a high priority.

He said he strongly supported the concept from the Yeppen roundabout and wanted it incorporated in the State Government's 2012-13 budget.

"It's a common complaint (driving conditions) raised through council by the divisional representative (Sandra O'Brien)," Cr Carter said.

Cr Carter said imminent construction on the North Yeppen project, which would see an upgrade of the roundabout for two-lanes around, would help the problems.

"It's because of the resource industry growth, the population growth and the predicted industrial growth west of Gracemere," he said.

"Gracemere is the fastest growing town in Queensland and it's caught the State Government planning processes by surprise.

"I can understand this project (four lanes) may have been a lower priority previously but it now must become their highest priority."

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said he would continue to push for the upgrade of roads which were being heavily impacted by the resources boom.


Main Roads figures

  • More than 16,000 vehicles use the Capricorn Highway daily
  • More than 60 accidents have occurred between Yeppen roundabout and Gracemere in the past five years
  • Of those, there have been four fatalities, including yesterday's
  • There have been numerous hospitalisations as a result of these accidents
  • There are regularly queues two kilometres back from the roundabout, particularly in peak periods
  • The highway is owned and funded by the State Government