BREAKING: LNP promises fix for Bruce Hwy horror stretch
MIRIAM Vale residents say it's about time a notorious Bruce Hwy "dog leg" turn north of their town is straightened out - literally.
The Liberal National Party today announced that if elected, an LNP government would realign the curve at Norton's Corner.
Between pouring beers for the locals, Miriam Vale Hotel publican Mitch Brennan said it was a "terrible corner".
The sharp right is close to where four cars and two trucks piled up yesterday in a serious accident that involved 10 people.
Two lanes of the highway were closed for about three hours, and a woman with abdominal pain and two other people with minor injuries were taken to the Gladstone Hospital.
Mr Brennan, a Miriam Vale resident of two years, said the sharp bend was a known problem for Miriam Vale residents and regular Bruce Hwy travellers.
"The whole Bruce Hwy, everywhere needs to be done doesn't it? It's terrible," Mr Brennan said.
"This would be a good start.
"It's a right-hand dog leg in the middle of the Bruce Hwy, it should come out all together."
Mr Brennan said he wanted Queensland Labor to promise the same upgrade for Norton's Corner.
"It's just too sharp and people don't slow down for it because everyone's in a hurry," he said.
As for what else the township near Agnes Water needed, Mr Brennan said anything that would attract medical services would help.
The closest general practitioner is 30 minutes away at Agnes Water.
LNP leader Tim Nicholls said its 10-year Bruce Hwy action plan included 12 upgrades needed to make the highway safe, flood-resilient and able to cope with the state's growth.
Mr Nicholls said the work would complement the $8.5 billion federal-funded Bruce Hwy Action Plan.
"We're now starting to see the benefits of the $8.5 billion Bruce Highway Action Plan the Liberal National Party funded with the federal coalition," he said.
"Only the LNP will deliver these extra Bruce Hwy upgrades on top of the existing plan for the Bruce."