Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says the reduction to one lane of the Wide Bay Creek Bridge on Kilkivan-Tansey Road is an admission by the Labor Government that the bridge and road have been neglected for far too long.
Mrs Frecklington said the Minister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey has publicly acknowledged that the 85 year-old Wide Bay Creek Bridge is unsafe.
“It is unacceptable that the Labor Government continue to neglect regional road upgrades and maintenance,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“No funding has been allocated to the Kilkivan-Tansey Road for so long now, and this has resulted in a speed reduction to 60km/hr on the approach to the Wide Bay Creek Bridge and the bridge being reduced to one lane.
“I have been calling for funding for Kilkivan-Tansey Road for many years now, and instead of fixing this road, the Labor Government just downgrade it and expect the community to keep using an obviously unsafe bridge and road.
“Surely now, this must trigger a need to allocate funding and fix this road. I call on the Minister to stop overlooking regional roads and provide funding to fix Kilkivan-Tansey Road,” Deb said.
Response to Question on Notice asked about Kilkivan-Tansey Road.
1. MRS D FRECKLINGTON ASKED MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND MAIN ROADS (HON M BAILEY)
With reference to Main Road Number 486, the Kilkivan-Tansey Road— Will the Minister advise (a) when funding will be provided to widen the dangerous single-lane sections to two lanes, (b) why recent works to the Coppermine Creek Bridge did not widen the bridge to two lanes, (c) the cost of the recent Coppermine Creek Bridge remediation works, (d) in comparison, what did modelling show as the cost to widen this bridge to two lanes and (e) given planning for the Wide Bay Creek bridge is listed in Qld Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP), when will funding be made available to upgrade this bridge?
Answer - https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2021/256-2021.pdf