Fiona Simpson calls for urgent planning on Bruce Highway

The State Opposition has called on the Bligh Government to commence immediate planning and design for the upgrade of a dangerous stretch of the Bruce Highway between the Caloundra exit and Sunshine Motorway interchange before it is too late.

Shadow Minister for Main Roads and Transport, Fiona Simpson said this stretch of highway was extremely dangerous and required upgrading now, while the State Government has failed to even commence proper planning.

“I am calling on the Government to act now to fix this dangerous stretch of road that is a critical link in the Sunshine Coast road network,” Ms Simpson said.

“This section of the National Highway won’t be in the race for Federal funding to start these upgrades unless the State first has undertaken the proper planning and design work and asked for these funds.

“It is absurd that while our local road networks wait in disrepair and at risk of taking lives, the State Government fails to act for what would mean significant support for a proper upgrade from the Federal Government.

“Meanwhile, the Bligh Government plans to fast track development on the Sunshine Coast without aligning the infrastructure to match this growth. This is crazy and goes contrary to what they said they would do.”

Ms Simpson said the Bruce Highway between Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast Motorway interchange was struggling with short access ramps on both sides, with local traffic being forced to play a dangerous game of Russian roulette to cross the Highway to access local roads and the animal refuge on the opposite side.

“This critical link is in a diabolical mess and without the proper planning and re-design work underway, we cannot apply for any additional Federal funding.

“If this stretch of road is dangerous today, what risk will it pose in two, three, or four years time when we are still waiting for the Bligh Labor Government to act?”


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