Wallace avoids answers

MOTORISTS stuck in traffic in the Gladstone region will have to continue putting up with it.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads minister Craig Wallace avoided providing any substantial information about any of Gladstone’s State-owned roads issues while visiting on Tuesday.

When questioned by The Observer about the likelihood of the Calliope River Bridge being duplicated within 10 years, he said Queenslanders needed to get as much life out of infrastructure.

“We will certainly be looking at that issue and other issues of duplication across the network,” he said.

“While we need to carry out these works, one of the important things to remember is we need to get as much life as possible from our current infrastructure. What we’ve done in this budget this year is dedicate a lot more funds to maintenance across the network.

“Taxpayers have paid for this infrastructure.”

The bridge was restricted to one-lane operation last November after routine inspections had identified the need for repairs.

In May, Main Roads’ major finding from investigations had been that the long-term river bed erosion could reduce the strength of the bridge’s central piles.

It was reopened to two-lane traffic in April, with speed humps installed to slow down traffic.

But the Calliope River Bridge is not the only traffic issue Gladstone residents wait on the State Government to fix.

Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham questioned Mr Wallace in parliament on June 11 about plans for the Phillip Street/ Dawson Highway roundabout, which, Mr Wallace has yet to answer.



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