Gympie motorists look like driving at 90km/h on single lanes for a long time yet.
Gympie motorists look like driving at 90km/h on single lanes for a long time yet. Craig Warhurst

Median strip saves life every week

A METRE-wide painted median strip has been saving lives on the Bruce Hwy.

Since the safety measure was completed last year, there have been no fatal crashes on the highway, where once there was nearly one a week.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesman this week said safety changes to help stop head-on crashes on the Bruce Hwy near Gympie were working, with no fatal crashes since the latest project was finished mid-last year.

"Last year, we installed a painted centre median between opposing traffic on the Bruce Hwy between Cooroy and the Wide Bay Hwy," the spokesman said.

"This $2.2 million federally-funded project helped reduce the likelihood of head-on crashes by separating vehicles using both sides of the highway."

But the median strip is not the only life saving measure on the Bruce.

In October last year the Gympie Times obtained information that wire rope safety barriers at Federal had stopped head on crashes 28 times since being installed in 2005.

"In 2005, we installed wire rope barriers between opposing traffic lanes on the highway at Federal.

"The barriers stop vehicles from crossing onto the wrong side of the highway into the path of other vehicles.

"In the first five years, the barriers needed repairing 28 times from incidents such as vehicle impacts.

"Since October 2010, the barriers have needed fixing six times."

Separating traffic and reducing the speed of the highway to 90kmh, at first met with opposition from the community, have gone a long way to stopping fatal crashes along the Bruce Hwy.

Gympie Times


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