Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast motorists.

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 the Bruce Highway, Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway were the most troublesome locations identified by Sunshine Coast 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.   

“Across the Sunshine Coast there were 335 nominations in total and one of the most common complaints was congestion on the Bruce Highway between Pine Rivers and Caloundra. 

“Delays on Caloundra Road at the Nicklin Way and Kawana Way roundabouts, as well as congestion at interchanges and single lane sections of the Sunshine Motorway were also a key source of frustration for drivers, with all three appearing in the Top 10 most nominated.

“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.”