Bruce Highway
Bruce Highway Craig Warhurst

Bruce Highway is terminal

AGAIN the Bruce Hwy has been named the worst road in the state by Queensland's peak motoring body.

But this time people voting it as the state's most unroadworthy stretch have gone a little further.

Instead of once again saying the deadly Cooroy to Curra stretch needed immediate attention they have said Cooroy all the way to Gin Gin needed urgent upgrading.

RACQ executive general manager external relations Paul Turner said motorists nominated the worst roads in Queensland as part of the 2011 Unroadworthy Roads Survey.

Drivers have said a lack of overtaking lanes, rough and narrow surfaces, poor road shoulders, poor alignment, narrow bridges, flooding, poor drainage and potholes made the Bruce the worst.

"The latest Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) risk mapping report - which is an assessment of the risks posed by highways based on crash statistics - also highlighted the Sunshine Coast sections of the Bruce Highway," Mr Turner said.

"The AusRAP report found that the most dangerous stretches of the Bruce Highway are from Caloundra to Cooroy and from Cooroy to Gympie.

"Both of these sections rated as 'black links' or 'worst links', having high or medium-high collective and individual risk in the AusRAP research."

The RACQ has renewed its calls to the Federal Government to start upgrading the Bruce Hwy now - particularly the notoriously dangerous sections, Cooroy to Curra and Caloundra to Cooroy.

Mr Turner has said essential upgrades to the Bruce were long overdue, resulting in substandard roads that put "motorists' lives at risk every day".

"The report revealed that road improvements have not kept pace with increasing traffic volumes, supporting RACQ's view that a significant investment in Queensland roads is long overdue," he said.

"RACQ welcomes the Queensland Government's ambitious 20-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Strategy document, which will require approval and funding from the Federal Government to proceed," Mr Turner said.

However, he said the following upgrades to the Bruce Highway, which were identified in the strategy document, should be given priority:

Provide six lanes and upgrade intersections on the 5.2km link from Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway

Upgrade interchanges and intersections from Pine Rivers to Caloundra, including Roys Road and Bells Creek Road

Upgrade the 13km link from Cooroy to Sankeys Rd - part of the notorious Cooroy to Curra stretch.

"If all these upgrades are implemented it will go a long way towards improving safety and traffic efficiency, as well as reducing congestion for motorists," Mr Turner said. "But we can't wait 20 years for these projects to happen - funding needs to be provided now."

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