Rockhampton drivers name, shame most congested roads

As local and State government elections loomed, RACQ has called on present and future leaders to commit to fixing the most congested roads and bottlenecks named and shamed by Central Queenslanders.

Drivers pinpointed more than 500 roads which caused unnecessary traffic delays across the Sunshine State in the Club’s annual Red Spot Congestion Survey.

Club spokesperson Paul Turner said intersections along Lawrie Street in Gracemere were the most troublesome locations identified by Central Queensland locals.

“We asked Queensland drivers to name and shame the most congested locations as they’re in the best position to help us pinpoint the worst roads,” Mr Turner said.  

“These red spots may be due to a set of traffic lights taking too long to change, not enough lanes or delays at a rail crossing.

“The most common complaint along Lawrie Street was congestion. Motorists want to see additional lanes and intersections upgraded at Ranger Street, John Street and Platen Street to help with turning movements onto the busy road.

“The results really do quantify the problems we often hear about and demonstrate the need for continuous improvement.”

Mr Turner said the Club would use the results from the survey to lobby governments for funding and improvements, and get commitments before Queenslanders headed to the polls.

“More than 2700 nominations came in from across Queensland, so it’s clear congestion is an issue that really grinds our gears. It costs us time and lost productivity, and that’s why we need to address it now,” he said.

“As several government elections approach in the year ahead, we’ll use this information to lobby politicians and candidates to ensure Queensland’s priorities are also theirs.”