We'll fix the Capricorn Hwy: LNP
THE Capricorn Hwy would get an upgrade at the Yeppen roundabout and more under a Liberal National Party state government.
Opposition roads spokesman Mark Robinson said there were about six key state-owned roads leading out to resource/mining areas which would receive funding for upgrades under the LNP's Resources to Roads plan.
LNP candidate for Rockhampton Gavin Finch said there was a real safety issue for many of the roads, including the Capricorn and Dawson Hwys, and the Gregory Development Rd and the Fitzroy Development Rd.
"We've got a lot of miners living in Rockhampton," he said.
Mr Finch said some were driving up to six hours to get to work and then going on to do 12-hour shifts.
"The road from Rockhampton to Emerald has worsened in the last six months," he said.
Mr Finch said while some of the damage could be put down to flooding, the higher volume of heavy vehicle traffic before the flood had also done some damage.
He said under the Resources to Roads plan, he hoped there would be more areas for vehicles to pull off the highway, such as rest stop areas.
"There are some parts that need widening," Mr Finch said.
"And obviously, in the long-term interest, there needs to be more overtaking lanes."
Mr Robinson said the Resources to Roads plan, which would allocate $285 million over four years from resource/mining royalties to regional roads, was the second of three plans the LNP had announced this week that would fix roads.
He said the first plan, and first priority, was fixing the Bruce Hwy.
"This includes critical areas in Central Queensland," Mr Robinson said.
The third plan, which was announced yesterday, is a $40 million, four-year plan for a floodplain security scheme to better protect flood-prone Queensland communities.