DRIVERS and regional communities will benefit from a Queensland Government decision to create an inland highway.
This week, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney told State Parliament that a vital alternative north-south link would be both strategically and economically important for Queensland.
Existing roads will be upgraded to create the much-needed inland route which will be used during flooding and natural disasters and to ease pressure on the coastal Bruce Highway.
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“In a state the size of Queensland, high quality road networks are essential to keep the economy rolling and to boost quality of life for regional Queenslanders,” Mr Seeney said.
“This is not about building a whole new highway. Our intention is to identify existing roads that will form the inland alternative to the Bruce Highway and given them a priority in funding decisions.
“As the inland alternative is progressively upgraded, we hope it will carry increasing volumes of traffic and expand the economic horizons for communities along the route.”
The Government says they will consider upgrading roads such as the Burnett, Gregory, and Kennedy Highways, and the Kennedy and Gregory Development Roads.