A highway from hell
THE Warrego Highway is a disintegrating mess and prominent politicians are calling on the government to put upgrades as an “urgent priority”.
Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz travelled along the worst sections of the highway yesterday and said it was about time “Labor State and Federal governments manage infrastructure projects appropriately”.
“The Warrego Highway is a vital connection to Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and to agriculture, and mining industries west of Toowoomba and also the Surat Basin gas field, yet its maintenance and redevelopment is neglected,” Mr Rickuss said.
Mr Buchholz and Mr Rickuss yesterday voiced their concerns about the lack of foresight and planning of the major highway.
“With between 3000 to 4000 more trucks a day expected to use the highway because of the summer grain crop and add that to the already 20,000-plus cars using the highway on a daily basis, it is urgent that it is upgraded,” Mr Buchholz said.
“We would like to see appropriate allocation of money from the Federal Government and appropriate planning design from the State Government so that this highway is usable, safe and well maintained into the 21st century.”
Mr Buchholz said safety of motorists is vital.
“Unfortunately, in areas represented by us too many people are injured or killed on this highway,” he said. “So we call on all motorists to be aware of the conditions of this patchwork highway, drive to the condition of the road and don't be impatient.”
Mr Rickuss reminded motorists to remember the “fatal four, speed, alcohol, fatigue and seat belts, but you could also add, frustration and impatience.
“Scott and I will continue to raise the issues of the Warrego Highway with the appropriate ministers in parliament. We want this highway fixed.”
Both politicians said this is an issue that affects every member of the community in the Lockyer Valley region.