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Fix Bruce Hwy now

MOTORISTS were again stuck on one side of a failing Bruce Hwy when it flooded at Federal on Friday night.

With water levels rising due to rain in Six Mile Creek the highway stayed impassable at Kybong for 24 hours, something Member for Gympie David Gibson says was not good enough.

He has again called for action to fix the Bruce Hwy in light of the recent flooding.

"Numerous state and federal infrastructure reports have repeatedly highlighted just how bad the Bruce Hwy is, and the latest RACQ road safety report confirms what every resident of Gympie knows - the Bruce Hwy is a disaster, a daily death trap that's been ignored by Labor for 20 years," Mr Gibson said.

"For a highway which travels almost the length of our entire state and provides a critical economic link to many communities and businesses, its unreliability during rain events and natural disasters must be fixed. Last summer the Bruce Hwy was cut in too many places and for far too long."

Mr Gibson said he was horrified when the federal government stripped $326 million from flood mitigation funding for the Bruce Hwy immediately after major flooding last year.

"It was only after a strong campaign mounted by the LNP that most of this money was returned back to Queenslanders.

"I've been campaigning since 2006 to deliver a better Bruce Hwy for local residents and businesses that rely on this critical piece of Queensland's infrastructure."

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