NATIONALS Leader Warren Truss has undertaken a five-day road trip along the notorious Bruce Hwy from Brisbane to Cairns with a team of Liberal and National Members of Parliament to inspect sections urgently in need of upgrading.
Mr Truss, Federal Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, addressed the LNP State Conference in Brisbane on road priorities immediately before he started the trip.
"Making Queensland's main north-south transport artery a safer and more reliable route has to be a top priority," Mr Truss said.
"Recent flooding has highlighted the inadequacy of the highway. It was part of the disaster."
Mr Truss said on top of being one of the most dangerous roads in the country, accounting for one in six highway deaths, the constant disruptions to commerce through regular flooding at 33 sites cost Queenslanders at least $45 million.
"My commitment is that we will do what it takes to fix the Bruce - and that means projects to fix these problems will be moving within 12 months of the election of an Abbott/Truss federal government."
Accident and flooding hotspots on the Bruce were the focus of the trip.
These included the Cooroy to Curra section, Sarina to Mackay, the Yeppen floodplain near Rockhampton, the Cardwell Range, and the Houghton River.
The Fix the Bruce drive is an initiative of the Federal Coalition Parliamentary Bruce Highway Action Group which has been meeting since the last election to highlight the need to take urgent action to upgrade the highway.