Road safety top priority with $15M Hwy upgrade
FLYNN MP Ken O'Dowd has witnessed serious traffic crashes and situations which could easily have become fatal on the Capricorn Hwy.
On numerous occasions the crashes were caused by drivers eager to overtake slow moving traffic.
Mr O'Dowd last night welcomed $15 million in funding to build six overtaking lanes between Gracemere and Emerald.
"It will help save lives and accidents and all the trauma that goes with it," he said.
Under the project, three overtaking lanes are set to be constructed in the eastbound and westbound directions.
It's estimated 2800 vehicles travel that section of the Capricorn Hwy daily, with cars unable to overtake heavy vehicles, which represent a quarter of this traffic.
There have been 14 overtaking-related crashes between Emerald and Rockhampton in the past decade.
"A lot of heavy loads travel on that road," Mr O'Dowd said.
"People get frustrated if they can't pass.
"It (the funding) will at least take out a couple of black spots."
Traffic on the Capricorn Hwy is estimated to grow at 4 per cent over 20 years as the Galilee and Bowen Basins are developed.
The announcement builds on the Coalition's pledge to spend $60 million duplicating the highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere.
Mr O'Dowd said he would eventually like to see an overtaking lane every 5km along the Capricorn Hwy.
$15m for six overtaking lanes between Emerald and Gracemere
$60m to duplicate the highway between Gracemere and Rockhampton