Upgrade vital for Kuranda Range

The State’s peak motoring body has urged all tiers of government to work together to ensure one of Queensland’s riskiest roads was upgraded as a priority.

The Cairns Post reported local MP Warren Entsch had called for a $10 million updated study on the Kuranda Range stretch of Kennedy Highway which could identify a number of alternate routes for drivers.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said while the Club welcomed an investigation into alternate routes, it did not negate the safety issues of this section of the road.

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“The geography of this stretch of the Kennedy Highway makes it narrow, winding and slippery, with a lack of safe overtaking opportunities,” Mr Turner said.

“While looking at alternate routes might be a good long-term solution, construction of a new route will be complex and will take a long time to plan, fund and build. Motorists who drive this road every day deserve better and need safety outcomes now.”

Mr Turner said it wasn’t just about major road upgrades, instead, low-cost, high-impact solutions needed to be considered.

“We’d like to see a targeted program of low-cost, high-impact works such as dual lane sealing, lane and shoulder widening, and safety and flood improvements,” he said.

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