The worst roads are right here in region
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.