RACQ to help future proof Bruce Highway

RACQ has met with other transport and industry bodies as part of the Bruce Highway Trust Advisory Council to identify a pipeline of projects to improve Queensland’s longest road.

Members of the Trust held their first meeting on Friday, 17 July, to develop a strategy and rolling five-year action plans for the highway, which stretched from Brisbane’s north to Cairns.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said regional members often ranked upgrades to the Bruce Highway as their number one priority for major infrastructure projects.

“Millions of Queenslanders rely on ‘The Bruce’, and so it needs to be safe, efficient and accessible for all road users, whether that be for local traffic, tourism or freight,” Dr Michael said. 

“Upgrades to the Bruce Highway must address congestion, safety and flooding issues. We would like progress on the pipeline of projects within the action plans to be tracked and measured against crash reduction targets and infrastructure risk assessments, such as AusRAP Star Rating targets. 

“We look forward to working with the council to help create a better Bruce Highway for Queenslanders.”

Dr Michael said the Club wanted to see a boost in funding for a program of low-cost, high benefit safety treatments and suitable funding to deliver programmed and routine maintenance.

“Other priority projects include upgrading the section between Pine River and Caloundra Road to six lanes, duplication between Sarina and Mackay and north of Curra towards Childers, intersection upgrades and ring road and town bypasses, including Mackay Ring Road Stage 2, Rockhampton Ring Road, Childers bypass, Tiaro bypass, and Innisfail bypass.”