Queensland to develop alternatives routes

Following the announcement of upgrades to the Bruce Highway earlier this month, the Queensland government has gone a step further by deciding to develop the state's alternative routes.

Fleet managers will always be on the lookout for shortcuts that their drivers can use to beat the traffic - and to get to their destination as quickly as possible - and the Inland Highway is set to become another one.

The proposed upgrades were announced this week by Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney, who said it was important to keep Queensland moving and to take some of the pressure on the existing and well-worn routes in the state.

"In a state the size of Queensland, high quality road networks are essential to keep the economy rolling and to boost quality of life for regional Queenslanders," he said.

"Our intention is to identify the roads that will form the inland alternative to the Bruce Highway and given them a priority in funding decisions."

While he noted that it isn't about building an entirely new highway, he said Queensland's increased risk from flooding and tropical cyclones meant it was important to have others roads up to scratch.

Toowoomba upgrades

This plan coincides with another project to develop a road corridor in the state.

Mr Seeney issued a statement saying there would be a duplication of O'Mara Road which is between the Warrego Highway and Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road.

"More than 22,000 vehicles are estimated to be using the road by 2031 - a quarter of which are heavy vehicles - as it becomes a major internal corridor servicing the Surat Basin's multi-billion dollar energy province and broader Darling Downs region," he said.

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio said these upgrades would benefit traffic flow and increase road safety in the busy area.

This work will begin later in the month and fleet services should see benefits on completion in 2015.