FLOODING on the Bruce Hwy, which left thousands of people cut off from the Sunshine Coast, is unlikely to be fixed in the next decade.
RACQ executive manager Michael Roth said making the national road between Caboolture and the Coast immune from flood would be a "major job".
"We hope flooding issues will be addressed when the highway is extended to six lanes to the north. We understand this to be a decade or so away," Mr Roth said.
"There are other priorities on the Bruce at the moment as there are lots of flooding upgrades needed further north. Flooding there happens more regularly and for longer periods."
But Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the weekend's events highlighted the urgent need for the highway to be improved.
"The events on Friday, which included commuters taking many hours to get home to loved ones, were another indication of why upgrading the Bruce from Caboolture to Caloundra should be a higher priority for all levels of government," Cr Jamieson said.
Which do you think is more important for the Bruce- flooding mitigation or six lanes?
This poll ended on 29 May 2015.
Flooding mitigation, too many lives have been lost
Six lanes, maybe we could get around these incidents
Let's upgrade our rail first, then we will get people off the roads
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
The Coast council has long stated its desire to see the highway upgraded due to its importance to the region, particularly as it grows.
"The Bruce is our core road transport network spine," Cr Jamieson said. "It supports the commercial, industrial and residential centres of the Sunshine Coast and is a major network for freight movements and tourists.
"The Bruce Hwy is a federal highway, and the federal and state governments are responsible for it. We have regularly advocated on a range of fronts for improvements to the highway and its associated infrastructure, and will continue to do so."
If you're trying to get from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast or vice versa you're going to have a bad time! Here's a #hyperlapse on the southbound traffic trying to get past Caboolture. Southbound traffic is merging onto one of the northbound lanes to get past. Cars lined up in both directions for KMs - avoid it if you can, wish I could've! @abcnews_au @612abcbrisbane #brisbane #sunshinecoast #bigwet #brucehwy
"National highways should be highest order roads. It should be the one that stays open when others go under in times of trouble.
"But the Bruce is one of the longest national highways and goes through a lot of floodplains."
The RACQ maintained its support for the duplication of the railway line between Beerburrum and Nambour as the region's key infrastructure priority.
"We see this as more important than the six-laning as it is important for the whole growth of freight and it will get more trucks off the Bruce," Mr Roth said.
"The public transport rail system is atrocious. It's not just the price, it's the quality.
"Heaps of research on fares points to quality not cost as the key factor."
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