Survey to pinpoint urgent upgrades for the Bruce

RACQ has urged motorists to have their say on upgrades to Queensland’s longest route, to help inform funding priorities for the Bruce Highway.
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The State Government asked residents to fill in the online survey which would support the work of the Bruce Highway Trust Advisory Council (BHTAC).   

RACQ Head of Public Policy Susan Furze said motorists who travelled along the 1,700 kilometre stretch of road were best placed to know where safety, flood immunity, and capacity upgrades were urgently needed. 

“Locals are really in the driver’s seat when it comes to identifying the problems along our State’s road network,” Ms Furze said.  

“That’s why we encourage motorists to fill in the survey and nominate those stretches they believe are most in need of upgrades.” 

Ms Furze congratulated the State Government on its establishment of the BHTAC which was charged with delivering the 13 billion dollar safety upgrade program.

“The Bruce Highway is often listed as one of our most dangerous roads with some sections recording high levels of serious crashes including the Mackay to Proserpine stretch which had 148 fatal or serious injuries between 2014 and 2019, but we know safety upgrades have a real impact in saving lives,” Ms Furze said.  

“For example, there were 22 fatalities between 2005 and 2009 between Cooroy and Curra but since the completion of that upgrade we’ve seen no lives lost. 

“We look forward to seeing similar safety improvements replicated up and down the Bruce Highway through future upgrades, as well as the installation of flood mitigation infrastructure to reduce the chance of the road being cut, preserving productivity for our regional communities.” 

Drivers could have their say on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website until 18 June.

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