Bruce rates as danger­ous road

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE ma­jor­ity of the Bruce High­way be­tween Sa­rina, Mackay and Proser­pine has been given low-end safety rat­ings of one and two stars in a key national road re­port.

The Aus­tralian Road As­sess­ment Pro­gram (AusRAP) re­port, re­leased last week, as­sesses the safety per­for­mance of national high­ways across Aus­tralia against a star-rat­ing scale, with five stars be­ing the best and one star the worst.

RACQ ex­ec­u­tive man­ager for pub­lic pol­icy Mi- chael Roth said 90% of the Sa­rina to Mackay link and 40% of the Mackay to Proser­pine link were rated one and two stars, well be­low the stan­dard for a de­vel­oped coun­try.

“They’re un­di­vided roads with high traf­fic vol­umes and have nar­row sealed shoul­ders, fre­quent in­ter­sec­tions and haz­ardous road­sides,” he said.

The en­tire Bruce High­way has a very poor crash his­tory, with an aver­age of 43 peo­ple killed in road crashes ev­ery year since 2008.

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