GRIDLOCKL Traffic is backed up on the Bruce Highway after a rollover at Yandina.
GRIDLOCKL Traffic is backed up on the Bruce Highway after a rollover at Yandina. John McCutcheon

New Bruce Highway upgrades announced

THE new year brings more safety upgrades on the Bruce Highway, with roadworks now under way on a 4.7km stretch of highway at Chatsworth, north of Gympie.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $17.75 million project would improve safety and traffic conditions, creating a free-flowing corridor along the Bruce Highway from Gympie to Curra.

"We are investing to build the Bruce Highway Queensland deserves,” Mr McCormack said.

But truckies weren't impressed with the government's announcement.

Some labelled it a "Band-Aaid” and said that money wasn't going to go far -"that'll do two or five kilometres.”

Debbie Parr said a Gympie bypass was a must for safety and Mary Anne Baillie said the government would never announce any inland Queensland road upgrades to improve safety.

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