THE State's peak motoring body has commended the State and Federal Governments on completed upgrades on the Bruce Hwy between Federal and Traveston.
The Australian Road Assessment Program has given Section B of the Cooroy to Curra upgrade between Sankeys Rd in Federal and Traveston Rd in Traveston four and five-star ratings.
RACQ senior traffic and safety engineer Greg Miszkowycz said the upgrade was a huge improvement on the conditions of the Old Bruce Hwy.
"This new 12km, 110kmh, four-lane divided highway is much safer and will lead to a reduction in crashes compared to the Old Bruce," Mr Miszkowycz said.
"Overtaking is now much easier and safer with an additional lane in each direction. Safety barriers have been constructed in the median and at the roadside, and intersections have been removed to make for a safer drive.
"Before Section B opened the Old Bruce Hwy received a two-star AusRAP rating, and was unforgiving of driver error resulting in many serious injuries and fatalities.
"We congratulate the State and Federal Governments for $513 million dollars of joint funding that made this Section B upgrade possible."
Mr Miszkowycz said he looked forward to the completion of the remainder of the Cooroy to Curra project.
"Section A from the Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Rd is due to open in 2016 and we expect it to deliver similar AusRAP star ratings and a reduction in crash risk," he said.
"Upgrades need to continue in Sections C and D of the project to ensure dangerous sections of the Bruce Hwy from Traveston Rd to Curra are eliminated."