Call to fast-track road fix

THE State Government wants your ideas on the best way to grow resilient and prosperous regions that are great places to live, work and visit, but they might get more than they bargain for at the Way To Grow forum being held this Wednesday at the CQ University’s Gladstone campus.

With hard infrastructure groaning under the weight of the trucks carrying more unwieldy pieces of plant and equipment, the Calliope Crossroads has become a flashpoint of motorists’ frustration and Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers has called on the people of the region to attend the forum in large numbers.

A grade separation of the existing Bruce Highway intersection with the Dawson Highway and realigned approaches has been promised within one to four years but residents, including Cr Sellers, said it was not happening soon enough.

She has considered desperate measures to fix the Bruce, approaching six mayors in neighbouring regions to consider pooling federal funding from Regional Development Australia grants to fix the highway.

She said there were 60 priority investments for the highway along the Queensland coast during the next 20 years so it could take time for the Gladstone region to receive its share of the funding.

“That’s why it is so important that as many residents have their say on the priorities because their support could help fast-track these over other identified projects.”

The government’s plan said it would take up to 20 years to get to the other measures proposed for roads in our region.



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