Our highway the most dangerous
THE section of road from Mackay to Proserpine has been identified as one of the most dangerous in Queensland, an RACQ report has revealed.
RACQ released its latest Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) report, highlighting the need for urgent safety upgrades on 16 sections of Queensland's major roads, including 11 on the Bruce Highway.
The AusRAP report is the result of RACQ's assessments and mapping of the risks posed by Queensland's national highways, based on crash statistics.
The Mackay-Proserpine and Mackay-Sarina sections of the Bruce Highway rated as high and medium high risks to motorists in the AusRAP report.
Casualty crashes increased by 44 per cent on the Mackay-Proserpine link, while traffic volumes increased by 14 per cent over three years to 2007 (this was the latest crash statistics available for the 2010 report).
RACQ executive manager for traffic and safety John Wikman said the report revealed road improvements had not kept pace with increasing traffic volumes.
He said this was proof the Federal Government had to “lift its game” and invest more funding in Queensland's road infrastructure.
“Queensland's risk rating is higher than every other state in Australia, with the Northern Territory at 67 percent, Tasmania 63 percent, Western Australia 60 per cent, South Australia 30 per cent, Victoria 12 per cent, New South Wales six per cent and the ACT zero percent,” he said.
Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said he was “very concerned” by the results, which showed national highways in Queensland were the worst in the nation.