Our Bruce takes another big dip
GYMPIE remains the major city on the worst section of road in Queensland, according to the latest RACQ Unroadworthy Roads Survey released yesterday.
The section of the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Gin Gin is the worst stretch of road in Queensland, according to the survey.
For a number of years the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra has topped the list as the state’s most dangerous section of highway, now it is also credited with being the worst section of road in the state.
RACQ senior traffic and safety engineer Greg Miszkowycz said Wide Bay drivers were not alone in their disapproval of the highway, of the 2174 survey nominations this year, 473 branded the Bruce Highway the state’s most unroadworthy road.
“All six sections of the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns featured in the top 10 worst state and national network roads,” he said.
“And with more than 320 nominations, all three sections of the Warrego Highway from Ipswich to Charleville also featured heavily in the survey.”
Together, the two highways accounted for nine of the top 10 worst roads.
“Motorists are obviously frustrated about the poor standard and condition of these two national highways, which are in urgent need of major improvements,” Mr Miszkowycz said.
Respondents had identified similar issues along both the Bruce and Warrego highways, highlighting rough and narrow road surfaces with poor road shoulders, a lack of overtaking opportunities and flooding issues.
“Other concerns centred on the lack of maintenance and capital funding for improvements over many years on the national highway network, and the accelerated road damage caused by heavy vehicle use,” Mr Miszkowycz said.
“It is concerning to see these major transport and communication routes coming up time and again in this survey, especially when many of these sections also have a poor crash history.
“A far greater funding commitment is required over the next 10 years for long overdue and urgent upgrades to the Bruce and Warrego highways.”
The survey took into account the significant impact the recent floods and cyclones had on the Queensland road network, with 61% of responses specifying that inadequacies had been exacerbated by the severe weather.