RACQ welcomes $415 million spend on Qld roads

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed news the State and Federal Government’s would invest $415 million to deliver 14 road and safety projects in Queensland.

The Courier Mail reported shovel-ready projects that would receive funding included the Gateway Motorway flyover, Gregory Developmental Road upgrade, and Tamborine-Oxenford Road upgrade.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael congratulated the Queensland and Federal Governments on working together to deliver these critical upgrades and create 700 jobs, and answering the calls of its 1.8million members.

“We’ve been calling for infrastructure stimulus that will provide long-lasting, legacy improvements for Queensland, particularly since the onset of COVID-19,” Dr Michael said.

“We welcome the $24.6 million investment in the Gateway Motorway flyover, which will address the structural deficiency in the current overpass, where heavy vehicle restrictions have been imposed since September 2019.”

Dr Michael said the seven road safety upgrades that would receive funding were all upgrades the Club had called for previously.

“We have also recently written to all levels of Government, encouraging them to invest in economic-generating infrastructure,” she said.

“It’s pleasing to see $20 million will be invested in Audio Tactile Line Markings (ATLM) across the State.

“This is part of a mass-action safety works package we’ve wanted for regional Queensland roads and will go a long way to reducing the risk of drivers straying off the road and crashing.

“These road safety upgrades will not only create jobs, but save lives.”