Highway second worst
ROADS identified as some of the Far North’s worst will be overhauled in a move to improve safety for all motorists.
So far this year, 20 people have lost their lives on roads across the region.
While the fatal five – speed, drink and drug driving, no seat belts, fatigue and distraction – are often contributing factors to fatal crashes, road conditions can also play a part.
A Transport and Main Roads (TMR) spokesman said the department continued to invest in the state-controlled road network to support Queensland’s growing population, with funding allocated to building, maintaining and operating roads across the state.
The Bruce Highway has been identified as the worst stretch of road in North Queensland, with 925 serious crashes between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2017.
The Captain Cook Highway was second worst, with 379 serious crashes, followed by the Kennedy Highway (318).
TMR investigated road safety between Cairns and Port Douglas in 2016, finding most of the traffic demand and crashes were on the busy section between Florence St and Buchan Point.
As a result, TMR is delivering a $25 million package of safety works along this section as a matter of urgency, funded through TMR’s Targeted Road Safety Program.
The department has also fast-tracked a $2.21 million project to improve safety for road users and pedestrians by signalising the intersection of Captain Cook Highway and Clifton Rd.
TMR is also progressing $1.65 million in planning projects to further examine safety and traffic flow on Captain Cook Highway between Florence St and Yorkeys Knob roundabout.
“The studies will likely identify a range of potential improvements, which may include road widening, additional turning lanes and intersection upgrades,” the Transport and Main Roads spokesman said.
Transport and Main Roads is delivering a $25 million package of safety works between Florence St, Cairns and Buchan Point, Port Douglas.
Some of the works have been completed and include:
* Improved safety at priority intersections, including Lily St;
* Installed guardrail near Aeroglen to reduce the risk of serious crashes;
* Installed green paint treatment between Gatton St and Stratford Connection Rd to raise motorists’ awareness of cyclists;
* Extension of right-turn lanes at the Grove St and Upward St intersections; and
* Installed pedestrian safety fencing on a busy section of Sheridan St, where there has been fatalities.