3 Isaac roads named in RACQ’s top 10 ‘most unroadworthy’
Isaac Mayor Anne Baker has demanded urgent action to address the region's roads after it was revealed three were named among the 10 most unroadworthy in the state.
RACQ magazine has published a list of the 10 most unroadworthy roads in Queensland, with three local roads given the notorious title.
The roads listed are the Bruce Highway between Rockhampton and Mackay, the Kilcummin-Diamond Downs Rd and the May Downs Rd.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said regional roads were a key focus of the State Government's economic recovery plan and transport budget over the next four years.
"After completing the jointly-funded $189 million Eton Range realignment on the Peak Downs Highway in 2020, we've started works on an $11 million upgrade of the highway north of Clermont," he said.
"That'll be joined in coming months begin construction on the $35 million Peak Downs Highway upgrade between Wuthung Road and Caval Ridge to increase safety and drive jobs.
"We've also started works on a $3 million upgrade to seal another section of Clermont-Alpha Rd, while another $550,000 will be invested on Gregory Developmental Rd to alert drivers to upcoming stopping bays on the long drive."
As part of $5 billion in joint stimulus, Mr Bailey said the government had locked in $8 million to seal more sections of May Downs Rd, and another $18 million to improve safety on the Peak Downs Highway between the Isaac region and Mackay.
Isaac Regional Council has unanimously endorsed a motion expressing concern about the safety of roads in the region.
"Roads in the Isaac Region are used by our 33,000 permanent and visiting residents and see a mixture of trucks and other heavy vehicles, four-wheel-drives and conventional cars travelling the roads at all times of the day and night," Cr Baker said.
"They are vital to the multibillion-dollar mining industry in our region and of course to our full-time residents and visiting workers, many of whom drive in and drive out of our region on a very regular basis."
Burdekin MP Dale Last said RACQ's list justified his demands for more road funding, with two roads in the top 10 within his electorate.
"It really rubs salt into the wounds when an area that contributes so much to the Queensland economy is home to two of the state's worst roads," Mr Last said.
"It's blatantly obvious that these roads have been neglected for far too long."
Mr Bailey said State Government has also committed an additional $100 million to upgrade the Bruce Highway through the Isaac Region between Mackay and Gladstone.
He said the government would continue to work with all levels of government, including Isaac Regional Council, to invest in better roads and create jobs.