Highway needs attention now
NAMED by the RACQ and regular users as one of the worst roads in Queensland, it is not news that the Bruce Highway desperately needs some more attention from the Federal Government.
The highway is again the centre of RACQ attention, the peak motoring organisation pleading for more money to complete the upgrade that has been promised, not only the deadly Cooroy to Curra stretch – but from Brisbane to Cairns.
The Gympie Times went on a driving tour of the highway this week with RACQ Senior Traffic and Safety Engineer Gregory Miszkowycz who said it was time for the Federal Government to get serious and complete the highway upgrade.
“This section (Cooroy to Curra) hasn’t kept pace with traffic growth in general – it carries a significant amount of traffic and overtaking demand is high.
“If people can’t overtake they make poor decisions,” Mr Miszkowycz said on Thursday while driving past a notorious stretch of highway near Federal.
The RACQ is calling for a decade of action, about $100 million a year for those 10 years, to complete safety upgrades from Brisbane to Cairns on the killer highway.
“Because it’s undivided (between Cooroy and Curra in particular) and there’s a high volume of traffic, upwards of 14,000 vehicles a day for a single lane is kind of reaching capacity, it doesn’t give you enough opportunities to over take,” Mr Miszkowycz.
And this is what contributes to head-on crashes, he said, along with fatigued and distracted drivers.