Queensland welcomes RACQ’s 18 year initiative of rural, remote and inland road projects.
The Inland Queensland Road Action Plan was released today to support the state’s motoring body and improve the productivity of inland roads across the regions.
RACQ Executive Manager for Public Policy Michael Roth says inland roads are the vital veins of Queensland and should be focused on to keep transport growing.
“The Bruce might be the State’s backbone, but our inland roads are the muscle Queensland needs to stay strong and keep growing,” Mr Roth says.
“This plan covers almost 82 percent of the entire state, a network of more than 16,000 kilometres of road, and future investment in its upkeep and growth is essential.”
The Inland Road Plan identified more than 3000 kilometres of road and 300 bridges in regional Queensland that are in real need of upgrades.
Mr Roth says that using strategic analysis, local knowledge and data provided by the Department of Transport and Main Roads assisted in understanding how to bring rural roads back 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,” he says.
“There is enormous economic value in providing better links to Queensland’s agricultural food bowl, gas and mining industries, as well as improving safety and community connectivity.”
RACQ is now calling all levels of government to commit to the on-going funding projects and start the cycle of change to inland roads.