Bruce Highway plan supports RACQ's top priorities

The RACQ's Joe Fitzgerald.
The RACQ's Joe Fitzgerald.

THE Bruce Highway Crisis Committee released its action plan on Queensland's most notorious road last week, appropriately titled Out of the Crisis.

To put the word "crisis" into context, the Bruce Highway accounts for more than 17% of deaths on the entire national network while only representing only 7.5% of road distance.

Or, put another way, one in six deaths on national roads are on the Bruce.  Not to mention about 400 serious injuries every year. Some parts of the highway haven't been upgraded in close to 50 years.

Traditionally the Federal Government has provided 80% of the funding for national highways, however, whispers from Canberra suggest they may try and cut that to a 50/50 split with state governments.

If that were the case, billions of dollars worth of vital infrastructure projects over the next decade simply won't get done, and the cost can be counted in human life. 

As the major motorist, tourism, and freight route in Queensland, this is unacceptable. Not only are motorists affected, but time delays and detours adversely affect the state's tourism, agriculture and resource sectors.

The Out of the Crisis action plan incorporates much of RACQ's top priorities to address critical safety, flooding and capacity issues on the highway. The Federal contribution is vital in addressing these key economic and safety issues.

RACQ represents more than 1.2 million Queensland motorists and their families and we'll be lending their voices to the effort to finally get the Bruce Highway they deserve.

Topics:  bruce highway cars cars news motoring racq

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