By Claire Matthews
Queensland residents can have their say on Bruce Highway upgrade priorities through an online survey.
Locals who drive on the highway regularly know which areas are prone to traffic, accidents and floods. Council is seeking your views on which parts of the 1700-long corridor from Brisbane to Cairns need the most urgent attention.
The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program is backed by $13 billion in funding to deliver significant upgrades over the next 15 years.
Some problematic sections of the highway have already been fixed or are in the process of upgrades. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said this includes areas in Mackay, Townsville and Rockhampton.
“Examples of that are the completion of Mackay’s ring road last year, the works happening now south of Townsville to address flooding issues at the Haughton River, or the completion of planning for the Rockhampton Ring Road, ahead of the $1 billion construction project planned to start next year.”
Feedback received from the survey will help inform decisions by the Bruce Highway Trust Advisory Council (BHTAC). BHTAC chair Peter Garske said the advisory council strives to create more jobs, stimulate economic growth and improve safety.
“The BHTAC is overseeing the development of a 15-year vision supported by three, five-year rolling action plans and the Safer Bruce 2030 Action Plan to unlock economic growth, build flood resilience and improve safety on the Bruce Highway.”
The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and can be done on the BHTAC website.