Opposition infrastructure and transport spokesman Warren Truss, Bundaberg Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi, LNP candidate for Burnett Stephen Bennett and Member for Hinkler Paul Neville meet to discuss plans to restore the Bruce Hwy.
Opposition infrastructure and transport spokesman Warren Truss, Bundaberg Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi, LNP candidate for Burnett Stephen Bennett and Member for Hinkler Paul Neville meet to discuss plans to restore the Bruce Hwy. Scott Thompson

LNP promises a spruced Bruce

POLITICIANS from all three tiers of government met outside Childers yesterday to develop plans to upgrade the Bruce Hwy.

Nationals leader Warren Truss, Member for Hinkler Paul Neville, LNP candidate for Burnett Stephen Bennett and Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi inspected the intersection of North South Rd and Kevin Livingston Dr where a collision between two trucks happened a few weeks earlier.

Mr Truss, the opposition infrastructure and transport spokesman, said the intersection should be a priority for an upgrade.

"This is a serious accident waiting to happen so we must intervene before an accident actually occurs," he said.

"It doesn't require a special categorisation ... this one is obviously getting well up on the list of priorities."

The upgrade of the Bruce Hwy has been a priority of the LNP, Mr Truss said, adding that it would require the help of all governments.

"The Commonwealth takes primary funding responsibility but there is a funding obligation also on the State in relation to these projects and some of the projects also involve local government."

Mr Bennett said a spate of recent tragedies on local roads underlined the importance of the party's plans to fix the highway and regional road networks if it secured government at the next state election.

"We will set up a Bruce Hwy Crisis Management Group, which will include state and federal representatives, motoring groups and local authorities, to act as a powerful lobbying force to upgrade the Bruce Hwy," he said.

"An LNP government will also prioritise a 10-year Crisis Action Plan to be completed by the Department of Main Roads within six months of being elected.

"A key part of that plan will be safety and flood immunity works."

Mr Ricciardi said the intersection was an area of "great concern" and had the potential to become a fatal black spot.

"It's an area that has been of concern for a number of years since North South Road has been bitumened," he said.

"The sight of vision is an area of concern, especially to the east, the sight is limited to about 50m."

Mr Ricciardi said the intersection needed an access lane or a major upgrade before a tragedy occurred.



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