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Delayed signs of intelligence from Labor Governments on Cooroy to Curra.

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Delayed signs of intelligence from Labor Governments on Cooroy to Curra

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Source: Warren Truss MP

The six variable message signs (VMS) that are being promised by Queensland’s Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace along the hazardous Cooroy to Curra stretch of the Bruce Highway are the same signs the State and Federal Transport Ministers said in April last year would be installed by last Christmas, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Shadow Transport Minister Warren Truss said today.

“Mr Wallace now boasts that one of the signs would soon commence operating but all of the signs were supposed to be up and running by Christmas 2008,” Mr Truss said.

“This is the most dangerous part of the national highway through Queensland, yet Labor has taken more than a year to deliver signs that are supposed to improve road safety,” Mr Truss said.

“If it takes the Government more than a year to install one sign, how can we have any confidence that the Government will ever keep proper Highway upgrades on time and on budget?

“Based on Labor Governments efforts so far, it will be another 40 years before the Cooroy to Curra upgrade is completed,” Mr Truss said.

“The number of accidents and tragic loss of life along this section of the Bruce Highway is horrendous. The Government must take swift action now and bring the road up to standard.”

Mr Truss said that the Government should not use the VMS signs and the reduced speed limit as substitutes for the much needed improvements to the Gympie bypass and four laning of the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra.

“The signs and speed reduction are an acknowledgement by the Government that the road is unsafe,” Mr Truss said.

“Funding announced for the Highway between Cooroy and Curra only upgrades the road around the Bligh Labor Government’s despised Traveston Crossing dam.

“The most dangerous stretches will go untouched unless the Government commits to making a proper and realistic commitment to build the full four lanes between Cooroy and Curra.”