RACQ renews calls to fix notorious north Qld highway

The State’s peak motoring body has renewed its calls for urgent upgrades on the Bruce Highway following a spate of fatalities in north Queensland.

The Herbert River Express reported two people had been killed in a crash on the highway south of Jourama Falls last week.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club called on governments to fast-track funding for safety improvements between Townsville and Innisfail.

“This section of the Bruce Highway is a medium-high risk road and it’s concerning that in addition to 18 fatalities, there were more than 220 crashes that caused injury between 2014 and 2018,” Dr Michael said.

“We want to see continued investment in and delivery of safety improvements through the Bruce Highway Upgrade program.

“We know improving intersections, installing wide centreline treatments and safety barriers, and clearing road sides will go a long way to improving safety and reducing the risk of crashes.”