Opposition demands fix on Bruce Hwy black spot


Queensland Opposition demands Government fix dangerous section of the Bruce Highway

The Queensland Opposition is demanding the State Government fix a dangerous section of the Bruce Highway it calls a "critical and diabolical mess".

The section of the highway between Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast Motorway is a notorious black spot, with short access ramps on both sides meaning motorists are forced to take risks when crossing over the highway to access local roads.

"This critical link is in a diabolical mess and requires upgrading now, while the State Government had failed to commence proper planning," Shadow Minister for Main Roads Fiona Simpson.

Main Roads dismisses Simpson’s claims, saying the section will be upgraded from four to six lanes as part of the ongoing Bruce Highway upgrade.

"The Department of Transport and Main Roads' long-term plan for the Bruce Highway is to upgrade from four to six lanes between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway," a spokesperson for the Department says.

"This includes upgrading both interchanges and providing a service road on the western side of the highway fro local traffic."

The Department also says there have been only two fatal crashes on the stretch of road, in the last two years - a relatively good record for a stretch of road used by 20 million vehicles a year all travelling at 100km/h.

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