A 120 kilometre road that links the Landsborough and Capricorn Highways in outback Queensland has now been fully sealed, though it’s left some questioning whether that’ll be enough.
Blackall-Jericho Road connects communities from Blackall and surrounding areas to essential services in Emerald and Rockhampton. It also serves as a thoroughfare for the numerous heavy vehicles that use the route.
The project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, sealed the final remaining 15 kilometres of gravel road to a width of 6 metres on this strategic link.
Transport and Main Roads Queensland (TMR) says the works will offer improved safety, improved travel times and wet weather access and additional overtaking opportunities.
But when TMR shared the news on social media earlier today, there were mixed reactions.
“That is fantastic. Rural folk also deserve what city folk take for granted. Well done,” commented Stephen Paine.
“It’s a shame the Bruce Highway doesn’t look this good. Especially around Bowen,” wrote Leanne Odd.
While others were left questioning whether the works were enough.
“Enjoy the first 6 months until it falls apart during the next wet season. Thats how we build em in Qld!!” said Kevin Stait.
“What do you mean by sealed. One layer of bitumen!! That is nothing for road trains to drive on,” added Gayle Daetz.
“That looks awfully narrow! Cheating out again by the looks of things,” commented Gareth O’Shea.