Easter is a time for taking a much-needed break and getting together with our loved ones, and as a result, it's one of the busiest times on our roads.
With Brisbane's lockdown lifted in time for the long weekend, we can expect a significant increase in traffic on the Bruce Highway, as people take advantage of the long weekend to catch up with family and friends, or go on a short holiday.
With more cars on the road, I ask all drivers to please be careful, obey the road rules, and drive to conditions, especially on the Bruce Highway between Gympie and Maryborough and around Tiaro, which is a known blackspot on our national highway.
On an average day, there are around 10,000 vehicle movements between Gympie and Maryborough. At Easter and during school holidays, that number increases significantly, often resulting in long queues of traffic in the Tiaro area.
With Queensland's population on the rise and the resultant increase in traffic, a two-lane, undivided highway is simply unsafe for road users, which is why I am calling on the Queensland Government to bring forward a plan for a four-lane Tiaro bypass.
As anyone using the Bruce Highway will see this Easter, the Queensland Government's inadequate two-lane Tiaro bypass plan won't meet the needs of existing traffic, let alone future growth, and it will put road users at risk.
For a safer, four-lane Tiaro bypass, please sign the petition: www.llewobrien.com.au/tiaro-bypass
I hope everyone in Wide Bay stays safe this Easter, whether you're travelling or staying at home, and enjoy a peaceful break.