Better Maranoa roads on the way: RACQ
QUEENSLAND’S first ever comprehensive plan for inland, remote and rural roads has received the big tick from motoring organisation RACQ.
The Inland Queensland Road Action Plan (IQ-RAP), a blueprint for rural road projects across the next 18 years will not only improve roads, it will help employment growth, RACQ spokesman Michael Roth said.
“The Bruce Highway might be the state’s backbone, but our inland roads are the vital veins and muscle Queensland needs to stay strong and keep growing,” Mr Roth said.
“This plan covers almost 82% of the entire state, a network of more than 16,000 kilometres of road, and future investment in its upkeep and growth is essential.”
He said the IQ-RAP identified more than 3000 kilometres of road and 300 bridges in regional and rural Queensland in need of upgrades to bring them up to scratch.
“Staggered over the next 18 years, the plan maps out around $5 billion in long-term works to cater for the needs of inland Queensland,” Mr Roth said.
He said there was “enormous economic value” in improving links to gas and mining industries in locations like the Surat Basin and the state’s food-bowl regions, as well as connecting communities and improving safety.
“We’re calling on all levels of government to commit to the on-going funding of projects identified in IQ-RAP, and are happy to provide our support and advice wherever needed,” Mr Roth said.