Highway my top priority: O'Dowd

FEDERAL Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd has listed the state of the Bruce Highway from Gin Gin to Rockhampton as one of his top priorities in the next three years.

“It is vitally important that serious consideration and planning take place with regard to this highway to bring it up to a standard required for today’s traffic flows. In places it is no better than a ‘goat track’, he said.

“I take my hat off to these long distance drivers who show enormous skill in the way they manage to safely handle the appalling conditions of this highway.

“In the recent past we have seen the speed limit on the highway reduced as a way to help ease the road toll.

This should not be a substitute to properly fixing the roads.

It only serves to frustrate and anger motorists and increase the possibility of driver fatigue.

“Attention needs to be urgently given to the highway into and out of Gin Gin.

We need more overtaking lanes and whole sections of the highway should either be relocated or completely resurfaced to provide smooth, safer driving conditions for all motorists.

“Something must be done to improve the safety at Benaraby Junction where traffic has to exit and enter the highway in conditions of bad visibility.

“For too long governments have been talking about upgrades to the Calliope Crossroads and the Yeppen Bridge approach to Rockhampton without actually doing anything.

“Last week I met with the Main Roads Department in Bundaberg to discuss plans for the Southern approach to Gin Gin and other roads within the southern area of the electorate, and I will meet soon with Rockhampton Main Roads to see how I can help them achieve better outcomes for our struggling roads system.”

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