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Budget 'needs to address highways'

RACQ is calling on the Federal Government to ensure tomorrow's Budget includes funding for upgrades to Queensland's national highways to improve flood immunity and lift safety standards.

RACQ executive general manager Paul Turner said investment in Qld's national highway infrastructure was primarily a Federal Government responsibility, essential to the protection of motorists and growth of the state's economy.

"Healthy investment in road infrastructure that improves flood immunity and eases congestion enables vehicles and freight to move efficiently, which reduces travel times and vehicle operating costs, leading to greater productivity," Mr Turner said.

"Every time a major road is closed due to flooding, business and productivity suffers due to lengthy delays, which impact on Qld's economy."

Mr Turner said road safety continued to be a key issue for Qld motorists, whose lives were at risk on some the most dangerous stretches of highway in Australia.

"For too long, Queensland motorists have been putting their lives at risk," Mr Turner said.

Topics:  federal budget 2012, racq


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