High­way to hell

761 crashes on Bruce Hwy 455 crashes on Isis Hwy Our re­gion’s dan­ger­ous roads

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By SHERELE MOODY

THE Bruce is Bund­aberg’s high­way to hell.

With 761 crashes over 13 years, the ma­jor ar­te­rial is the re­gion’s num­ber one crash zone.

An anal­y­sis of Queens­land Gov­ern­ment crash data col­lected from 2001 to 2013 showed there were 5710 crashes in the Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil area.

The next four most dan­ger­ous roads are the Isis Hwy with 455 crashes, Bund­aberg-Bar­gara Rd with 390, Bund­aberg-Port Rd on 313 and Bund­aberg-Gin Gin Rd with 286 smashes.

Road con­di­tions play a ma­jor part in the sever­ity of crashes and author­i­ties are com­mit­ting mil­lions of dol­lars to fix any prob­lems.

The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment will spend $7,311,599 across the Main Roads’ Wide Bay-Bur­nett re­gion – which in­cludes Bund­aberg, the Fraser Coast and Gympie – un­der the Safer Roads Sooner pro­gram over three years.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil spends at least $25 mil­lion a year main­tain­ing the area’s roads.

Cr Tony Ric­cia­rdi said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year Black Spot pro­gram would tar­get ar­eas of high con­cern, although none was in the re­gion’s five most dan­ger­ous roads.

The fund­ing tar­gets are the in­ter­sec­tions at Bur­nett and Targo Sts, Hum­mock and Windermere Rds, Hum­mock and El­liott Heads Rds, and Mit­tel­heusers and Bur­nett Heads Rds.

“The Black Spot road fund­ing ini­tia­tive is one means by which the coun­cil is cur­rently iden­ti­fy­ing and ad­dress­ing traf­fic trou­ble spots or high crash zones within our re­gion,” Cr Ric­cia­rdi said.

RACQ se­nior road safety ad­vi­sor Joel Tucker said the Bruce Hwy’s crash record was “bad” and im­prov­ing the key thor­ough­fare could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death for some crash vic­tims.

“A large pro­por­tion of deaths have oc­curred on the Bruce Hwy over the years be­cause it is a very busy road and be­cause it’s a na­tional high­way,” Mr Tucker said. “

There are still sec­tions that are only one lane each way and some are un­di­vided and curvy in parts as well.

“Driver be­hav­iour is up to the in­di­vid­ual and road author­i­ties do not have di­rect con­trol of this.

“All the mo­tor­ing clubs are say­ing ‘Get your roads in or­der’. If you build a good road to­day, it will be there to­mor­row and it’s go­ing to be there 20 or 30 years be­fore it needs too much work.”

A spokesper­son for the state’s Main Roads Min­is­ter, Mark Bai­ley, said $350m would be spent on safety im­prove­ments along ma­jor ar­te­ri­als by 2020.

“The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment re­mains com­mit­ted to work­ing with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in de­liv­er­ing $350 mil­lion in jointly-funded safety im­prove­ments on the Bruce Hwy, be­tween Bris­bane and Cairns and $40 mil­lion on the War­rego Hwy, be­tween Toowoomba and Miles, over the next five years,” the spokesper­son said.


DAN­GER­OUS SEC­TION: A sin­gle-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent near the Mines Rd turnoff on the Isis High­way at Biggenden ear­lier this year.

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