RACQ welcomes fast-tracking of regional road upgrades

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed a joint funding announcement between the Federal and Queensland Governments which would see $185 million worth of road projects begin sooner on 22 key freight corridors.

The Courier Mail reported hundreds of jobs across the State were expected to be created on projects to seal roads, build overtaking lanes, upgrade intersections and improve safety along regional roads identified under the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative. 

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club had recently written to both levels of Government calling for work to be fast-tracked on corridors that fell under ROSI.

“Getting these works started will deliver immediate jobs and ensure long-term job creation as planning continues, which is exactly what the economy needs right now,” Dr Michael said.

“The works will also provide long-term benefits, by making those key freight corridors safer and more productive.

“Key regional routes that will be worked on include the Flinders Highway, Kennedy Developmental Road, Carnarvon Highway, Dawson Highway and Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure-Tambo), Gulf Developmental Road, Gregory Highway and Gregory Developmental Road, Balonne Highway, Gore Highway, Proserpine-Shute Harbour Road and the Local Government controlled Floraville Road in Burke Shire.”

Dr Michael said the Club would also like to see the acceleration of other programs in the regions such as the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program.

“The Bridges Renewal and Black Spot programs would also deliver long-term safety and economic benefits for regional Queensland,” she said.

“We know investment will create a challenging fiscal situation for Government, which is why all levels need to be investing in economic-generating infrastructure like roads.”