Highway upgrade a priority

RESIDENTS of the federal electorate of Cowper have spoken: the upgrade of the Pacific Hwy must be made a top priority.

A survey - delivered to every household in the electorate and organised by Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker - revealed the overwhelming majority of residents wanted immediate action on improving the notorious section of the highway that runs through their area.

"Seventy-six per cent of responses made the Pacific Hwy upgrade the number-one infrastructure priority, with local roads a clear second with 11%," Mr Hartsuyker said.

Mr Hartsuyker said residents were also very clear on how funding should be spent on the highway.

"Eighty-five per cent of residents declared that Pacific Hwy funding should be focused on areas which have the worst accident record," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"This supports my push for the Warrell Creek to Urunga to be the next project to receive highway funding.

"More than 25 people have been killed and many others injured in recent years on this section of road.

"It is the biggest black spot on the highway and should be upgraded without any further unnecessary delays."

Mr Hartsuyker said there were currently $1.3 billion worth of roadworks under way in the Cowper electorate, but he said there was obviously a lot more to be done.

"I will be communicating these survey results to Canberra and also informing my state parliamentary colleagues what local residents have identified as the priority," Mr Hartsuyker said.

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