RACQ condemns black spot
RACQ road safety experts on Friday gave the Cooroy to Curra section of the Bruce Highway a close inspection and came away as convinced as ever that the State and Federal Governments have to fast-track funding for one of the nation's worst black spots.
Senior traffic and safety engineer Greg Miszkowycz was one of the RACQ experts who spent the week travelling from Cairns down to Brisbane, and at Black Mountain on Friday declared that the existing "fix" fell well short of the safety mark.
Earlier this year the Cooroy to Curra section topped an RACQ members' survey of the most unroadworthy in the State, and Mr Miszkowycz said a piecemeal approach to the current upgrade over a 20-year period would be exposing motorists to too much risk.
Mr Miszkowycz said once Section A - Sankeys Rd to Traveston Rd, currently under construction - was finished, work should begin right away on the notorious 13km Section B - the Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Rd.
"What our members are telling us and what we believe is that work on this project cannot afford to be spread over 20 years - it has to be of a continuous nature," Mr Miszkowycz said.
The rest of the upgrade consists of Section C (Traveston Rd to Keefton Rd) and Section D (Keefton Rd to Curra). Previously a spokeswoman for Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the Government was investing a record $2.8 billion in the Bruce Highway through the Nation Building Program.
"Additional funding for further upgrades of the Bruce Highway - including additional sections between Cooroy and Curra - will be considered at a later stage," she said.
For the Section A project component, $200 million had been committed by the Federal Government for planning and land acquisition.