Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Where Do You Want It? Rocky Community Will Have a Say on Proposed Bypass

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Where Do You Want It? Rocky Community Will Have a Say on Proposed Bypass

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Byline: Adam Wratten adam.wratten@capnews.com.au

THE Rockhampton community will get its chance to have a say on the location of a third bridge for the city and whether a bypass is needed when a $5 million study begins shortly.

As foreshadowed by The Morning Bulletin, the Member for Capricornia, Kirsten Livermore, yesterday announced details of the study, which will determine the region's long-term road and rail transport needs.

The project is seen as a once in a 100 year opportunity that needs doing correctly.

Ms Livermore said upon the mid-2011 completion of the study, a clear path forward would be identified for what's expected to be a new billion-dollar transport route.

"This is going to be a very powerful document," Ms Livermore said.

Main Roads is about to call for expressions of interest from suitable organisations to undertake the study.

Traffic volume has escalated in Rockhampton in the past few years with a recent study finding the city needed a third traffic bridge to avoid gridlock.

A large part of the problem is the number of big trucks, servicing the mine and cattle industries, increasingly rolling through the heart of the city.

And with Queensland Rail moving towards doubling the length of its freight trains to 1.5km, the matter is seen as one of importance.

Despite a number of previous options being mooted, including a bypass across the Fitzroy River south of the Berserker Ranges, elected community representatives said they were staying open-minded.

Ms Livermore, who fulfils an election promise with this announcement, said Rockhampton had been hamstrung by its infrastructure for too long.

"The study was first announced at the 2007 election as a means of remedying the years of neglect and antiquated infrastructure left by the Howard Government," she said.

Ms Livermore wasn't being pinned down yesterday on when she thought work would start after the study's competition or when the project would be finalised. …

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