The worst roads are right here in re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Peter Car­ruthers

WHAT you knew al­ready has been con­firmed by a sur­vey of the state’s roads by the RACQ.

The worst road in Queens­land is of­fi­cially the Bruce Hwy.

Sixty-seven peo­ple in the 196 who re­sponded to the sur­vey in­di­cated the road was “un­road­wor­thy”.

This is sig­nif­i­cantly less re­sponses for the same road when com­pared with a pre­vi­ous sur­vey com­pleted in 2011.

Those com­plet­ing the sur­vey were asked to re­port roads that were of poor or in­ad­e­quate con­di­tion, un­fit for the func­tion they are de­signed to per­form and did not pro­vide an ac­cept­able level of ser­vice to the road user.

“Re­spon­dents nom­i­nated that the Bruce Hwy was rough, nar­row, lacked over­tak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and was prone to flood­ing,” the sur­vey re­ported.

The Whit­sun­day re­gion area fea­tured in the sur­vey and reg­is­tered as the worst road hotspot be­tween Her­vey Bay and Townsville.

The in­ter­sec­tion of Gre­gory-Cannon Val­ley Rd and Shute Har­bour Rd re­ceived two ci­ta­tions in the RACQ sur­vey.

“Cars turn­ing into and out of Gre­gory-Can­non­va­l­ley Rd do not take enough care. The lanes are nar­row and be­ing 100kmh zone traf­fic is mov­ing fast through this in­ter­sec­tion,” the sur­vey re­ported.

Sergeant David Mur­ray, of the Whit­sun­day Po­lice Sta­tion, when de­liv­er­ing the Queens­land Po­lice’s Traf­fic Hotspot, echoed the con­cern of the sur­vey’s re­spon­dents.

Sgt Mur­ray said he had at­tended more crashes at this in­ter­sec­tion than any other in the Whit­sun­days.

“Crashes oc­cur (af­ter) turn­ing out of Gre­gory-Cannon- val­ley Road and not prop­erly giv­ing way to cars in the 100km speed zone,” Sgt Mur­ray said.

“Ve­hi­cles are usu­ally writ­ten off and some­one al­most al­ways goes to hos­pi­tal as a re­sult,” Sergeant Mur­ray said of the in­ter­sec­tion.

Queens­land Po­lice said speed en­force­ment, pres­ence of marked po­lice ve­hi­cles on the roads in­volved and also mon­i­tor­ing of the give way sign com­pli­ance are all em­ployed by of­fi­cers in the divi­sion in an ef­fort to en­sure no fur­ther crashes oc­cur at this in­ter­sec­tion.

Th­ese strate­gies were ob­vi­ously not enough to stop a twin ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent at this in­ter­sec­tion on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Driv­ers of a van and a 4WD es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury af­ter this col­li­sion.

Other in­ter­sec­tions ap­pear­ing in the RACQ sur­vey were: Gal­braith Park Dr and Shute Har­bour Dr, Strathdickie Rd – Hamil­ton Plains, the Bruce Hwy – Hamil­ton Plains, Tobin Rd – Glen Isla and Salt­wa­ter Creek Rd, Palm Grove.

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