Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has called upon the Member for Keppel and the Queensland Labor Government to explain timing blowouts on the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road Upgrade Project.
According to the Department of Transport and Main Roads website last year, the business case and development of detailed design of the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road Upgrade Project was expected to be finished between February 2021 and August 2021. The website has been updated to indicate the planning will be completed by late 2021 (https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/yeppoon-road-upgrade-project)
Ms Landry said the timing blowout will cause uncertainty in Central Queensland.
“This timing blowout is a slap to the face of all of the motorists who use the Rocky-Yeppoon Road.
“In the last state election, the Member for Keppel said the only thing stopping works from starting on Rocky-Yeppoon Road in 2020 was a lack of federal funding. With the business case and detailed design not even going to be finished until late 2021, this proves the Member for Keppel’s claims were nothing but bluster and empty words,” Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry said federal funding on Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road has been on the table for years.
“Following a spate of serious and sad accidents and the increase in road usage I committed funding to upgrade the Rockhampton – Yeppoon Road in 2019. Funding has firmly been on the table for years.
“Capricornia is going through an infrastructure-spending bonanza at the moment and I think the hardworking men and women of TMR are doing the best they can with the amount of time and resources they have,” Ms Landry said.
The $80 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with the Federal Government committing $64 million.