Time for action on broken Bypass panels

18 Aug 2010 10:22 AMJann Stuckey

18th August 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has again questioned the Minister for Main Roads about the delays over replacement of broken glass panels on the Tugun Bypass.

“Over a year ago I asked the Minister when the many broken glass panels along the Bypass would be replaced, and still nothing has been done,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Minister’s answer last year indicated that they would be replaced by late 2009/early 2010, a timeframe that has been and gone with no result.

“I have again asked through a parliamentary question how long we will have to wait for the replacements, what material will be used and at what cost to taxpayers?

“Residents had to wait more than 20 years for the Tugun Bypass to be built. At a total cost of $543 million, Australia’s most expensive road looks disgraceful lined with shattered glass panels.

“It is simply unacceptable that the Minister for Main Roads boasts about this showpiece, the Tugun Bypass, but won’t get on with the job of fixing smashed panels.

“Together with the defect-ridden Tugun desalination plant, Labor’s record on managing major infrastructure projects is appalling.

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