Labor’s Julie Attwood has again failed to deliver any serious money for the much needed Sumners Road overpass, according to Tarnya Smith LNP candidate for Mount Ommaney.
“In Tuesday’s State budget Labor’s Julie Attwood managed to secure only *$2 million of expenditure for the next financial year of the $57 million required to build the Sumner Road overpass duplication,” Mrs Smith said.
“Labor should get serious about the traffic problems in this area. At this rate of expenditure it will be 28.5 years before completion. By the time the overpass is built my current car will be regarded as vintage.
“As I go around talking to people in the area they are constantly telling me that traffic congestion is the number one issue for them.
“Duplicating the Sumner Road overpass would help in some way to alleviate the bottle neck on and off Centenary Highway
“Failure to fix the traffic congestion problems on Sumners Road and Centenary Highway has the flow on effect of forcing people to ‘rat run’ through other arterial roads like Oxley Road and 17 Mile Rocks Road.
“The lack of funds for the duplication is yet another example of Labor’s failure to plan, failure to deliver and failure to listen to the local people.
“The only service that the commuters will get from this $2 million is free parking on Centenary Highway.
“I believe that we can do something to fix traffic congestion and I will be working with Campbell Newman to deliver on the transport needs of the Mount Ommaney electorate.”
*The Budget capital statement 2011/12 for Transport (page 103) states “$2 million to commence work on the Sumners Road overpass between Oxley and Jamboree Heights, at a total estimated cost of $57 million.”
The page can be accessed at http://www.budget.qld.gov.au/budget-papers/2011-12/bp3-3-2011-12.pdf