With the Queensland state election looming fast, LNP leader Deb Frecklington has unveiled her biggest election sweetener yet for truckies on the eastern seaboard.
If LNP wins at the polls on October 31, Frecklington has a $33 billion plan to turn the much-maligned Bruce Highway into four lanes from Curra, near Gympie, all the way up to Cairns.
Frecklington said her vision for the 1677km upgrade would take 15 years to complete and create 100,000 jobs.
“We’ll make the Bruce Highway safer, stronger and more resilient because it’s the economic spine of Queensland,” she said at the weekend.
Frecklington will promise $50 million towards mapping out a detailed blueprint to progressively separate the Bruce Highway into a modern dual carriageway road along the entire length of the 1677km route.
She will commit an LNP government to more than double the state’s annual spending on the highway from $200 million to $440 million, or $6.6 billion over 15 years, and seek a long-term deal with the Federal Government under the traditional 80:20 funding split for the national network.
“Not since an LNP Government built the M1 in the ’90s has there been a road project of this magnitude,” Frecklington told The Sunday Mail.
“With nearly 200,000 Queenslanders out of work we need a major infrastructure stimulus package to drag Queensland out of recession.
“The LNP has a plan to rebuild the Queensland economy so we are stronger after coronavirus.”