OUR SAY: Upgrade can't come soon enough

THE horrific truck crash from the Tinana interchange in 2011 was one of the first serious crashes I covered as a journalist on the Fraser Coast.

Despite seeing more than my fair share of fatalities as a police reporter at the Chronicle's sister paper in Bundaberg, the Tinana crash remains by far the most distressing scene I attended.

It was a victory for the region - and for common sense - when then Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss announced funding to upgrade that terrible stretch of road was in the 2014-15 Federal Budget.

The Tinana upgrade cannot come soon enough - for me, for the mothers of the two men who died, for police and emergency services who have also been to too many crashes there.

Most importantly, it can't come soon enough for the safety of the people who use the Bruce Highway.

The Bruce is our lifeline to the rest of Queensland, and this interchange has been a black spot for too long.

Creating a user-friendly "gateway" to the Fraser Coast will make it a much safer and appealing option for travellers to stop in at Maryborough and travel on to Hervey Bay and surrounds.

Patience will be needed when the roadworks start, but the result should be worth the wait.



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