Flood-induced road closures shows need Bruce Hwy upgrade
FLOOD-induced road closures, traffic chaos and empty supermarket shelves have ignited LNP Capricornia candidate Michelle Landry's determination to upgrade the Bruce Highway.
With the possibility of Yeppen Floodplain Crossing at Rockhampton closing for the second time in a week, Ms Landry said it was frustrating that successive Labor Governments had ignored the issue.
"The Yeppen Floodplain is the worst flooding section of the Bruce Highway. On average it is closed for almost two weeks every year," she said.
"It is crazy that when this vital highway floods it cuts Queensland in half. No fruit and vegetables are getting to supermarkets because trucks can't get through," Ms Landry said.
Keeping the Bruce Highway open and traffic moving is made all the more important with other transport corridors devastated by flooding.
"Rail lines and state roads like the Capricornia Highway are half washed away. Coal can't be transported and people are travelling 12 hours to get back to their homes when the journey would normally take two. It's a disaster."
Ms Landry said the Coalition will announce its plans for the Bruce Highway in the lead-up to the Federal Election.
"With Coalition members in most of the seats through which the Bruce Highway runs, we are well aware of the issues and frustrations caused by the neglect given to this road. It will be a priority for an incoming Coalition Government," she said.
Ms Landry met with Main Roads officials recently who highlighted the need to raise the Bruce Highway from Egans Hill to the Yeppen roundabout an additional three metres and construct two extra lanes.
Main Roads have costed the project at $296 million.
She also spoke with Leader of the Nationals and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Warren Truss about the Yeppen Floodplain on his Bruce Highway Road Trip last July.