Gov must fix Mackay and the Whitsundays risky roads: RACQ

27 June 2018 The riskiest roads in Mackay and the Whitsundays have been named and shamed after RACQ found five high and medium-high risk roads were putting the region’s drivers in danger.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club looked at 15,000 kilometres of major highways and roads across the State and, using the Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) ratings system, prioritised stretches of road according to their crash risk.

“Disturbingly, we’ve found some of the region’s busiest roads are potentially deadly. Drivers deserve better and we need to see roads like the Peak Downs Highway between Walkerston and Mackay prioritised for safety upgrades,” Ms Ross said.

“We know safer roads lead to fewer crashes and fewer deaths and injuries so we can’t afford for roads in the Mackay/Whitsunday region to be forgotten.”

Ms Ross said RACQ called on the State and Federal governments to take the politics out of road upgrades and focus on urgent safety upgrades.

“By looking objectively at the crash statistics we’re able to highlight the riskiest sections of our highways in the Mackay/Whitsunday region which need attention first,” she said.

“This isn’t just about major road upgrades, we need the Queensland Government to further commit to a targeted program of low-cost, high-impact works such as wide centre lines, safety barriers, cleared roadsides and intersection upgrades.

“These can be delivered fairly quickly and have a big impact in reducing the number of crashes and injuries.”

The interactive map of the State’s riskiest roads could be found on RACQ’s website.

High and Medium-High Risk rated roads in Mackay/Whitsunday

Road Location Priority*
Peak Downs Highway Walkerston to Mackay High
Bowen Developmental Road Collinsville to Belyando High
Bruce Highway Sarina to Mackay High
Proserpine Shute Harbour Road Proserpine to Cannonvale Medium-high
Bruce Highway Mackay to Proserpine Medium-high

*Priority is based on Combined Risk results which is calculated by scaling the Collective (injury crashes per km) and Individual risk (injury crashes per 100 million vehicle kilometres travelled) and combining with equal weighting. It is then placed in bands from Low risk to high risk which represent 20 percent of the length of roads included in the assessment.