Federal Election 2016: The Bruce Highway congestion and safety issues should be an election issue but isnt

The Commonwealth and Queensland last year paid $8 million for a planning study to add lanes and fix flooding and safety issues between Pine Rivers and Caloundra and at the Deagon Deviation.

The Question has to be asked for that $8 million what do we have a result?

An observation while we are in election mode is one side positioning against the other all the while congestion issues continue to plague the daily commute on one of the states most busiest highways.

We now know motorists will not  get an election pledge from the Turnbull Government because it is not part of the election rhetoric, virtually no where do you hear The “Boost the Bruce” campaign on the electoral trail.

Federal LNP MPs who have been relentlessly lobbying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester, hoped it would lead to a funding commitment this campaign.

Members of the group includes Longman’s Wyatt Roy, Petrie’s Luke Howarth, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Senator James McGrath, vowed last year to make the road a key election issue.

101.5 FM Meat and Potatoes Panel spoke to Wyatt Roy recently on the Bruce Highway and very little commitment was offered during the discussion other then it is his "commitment to fix both the Bruce and the D'Aguilar Highways".

Those vows have not made a dent in the electoral script that the party leaders follow and nothing seems to sway the politics at play.

We now also know that  money won’t be pitched up before polling day, as the state government study of initial estimates around the long-term project are not yet ready.

The Courier-Mail understands the LNP decided it would not commit money to the Bruce Highway without at least preliminary planning information into the full cost of the upgrade and what needs to be done.

Mr Chester said preliminary information could start flowing as early as the second half of the year, with the full study to run until 2018.

“The planning study is critical to determining how the Commonwealth and Queensland Government can best deliver upgrades between Pine River and the Caloundra Road interchange,” he said.

 “We are delivering on our commitment to fix what has long been recognised as one of the most dangerous highways in Australia.”
The Bruce Highway between the Pine River Bridge and Mango Hill is three lanes but there are no safety barriers. Pic: Chris Higgins

But Labor’s infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese vowed to make the traffic nightmare the state’s top priority and accused the Coalition of doing little in three years to fix traffic snarls.

“We would work with the state Government. We would once again prioritise the Bruce Highway as Queensland’s most important road, bar none,” he said.

Mr counter accused Mr Albanese of spreading “lies” about Bruce Highway funding.

Three minor accidents on the Bruce Highway yesterday brought traffic to a crawl from as early as 11am.

The Bruce Highway, Queensland’s main arterial road, is considered Australia’s most dangerous highway, accounting for almost one-fifth of the country’s road toll.

With the Courier-Mail

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