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RACQ gives one tick to horror stretch of Bruce Hwy

THE stretch of the Bruce Hwy between Mackay and Sarina may be one of the most dangerous sections of the entire highway, but there is also a part that is considered just right.

The Daily Mercury accompanied the RACQ's executive manager of public policy, Michael Roth, as he drove to Alligator Creek yesterday, a stretch driven by about 8000 motorists a day.

Mr Roth flew into town from Brisbane to reiterate the motoring organisation's call for political parties to provide more funding to fix the Bruce Highway.

While about 90% of the stretch between Mackay and Sarina is rated only one or two stars, Mr Roth pointed out some good spots, including the concrete median strips south of Mackay, wide areas and a lack of trees on the side of the road.

"This is exactly how we want the Bruce Hwy to look in urban areas," he said with admiration while driving through Bakers Creek.

RACQ executive manager of public policy Michael Roth and media adviser Renee Smith are travelling the Bruce Hwy to identify issues and funding required to fix the route.
RACQ executive manager of public policy Michael Roth and media adviser Renee Smith are travelling the Bruce Hwy to identify issues and funding required to fix the route. Lee Constable

However, as soon as the car had passed the Hay Point intersection heading south, Mr Roth's approach changed.

"You can see the road condition has dropped off here, even though it's a high traffic area," he said.

The lack of turning lanes was also an issue he experienced first-hand turning into Carlton Rd, south of Alligator Creek.

Cars veered to the left half of the road as they rushed past the turning car.

Mr Roth said throwing extra funding at the Bruce Hwy was not a waste.

"The Bruce Hwy is the major backbone of Queensland, linking the ports of Brisbane and further south all the way up the coast to Cairns and all of the major communities in between," he said.

Head-on and intersection collisions and running off the road were the most common types of crashes, he said.

BRUCE HWY

  •  90% of Sarina to Mackay section is rated only one or two stars
  •  RACQ wants $900m for safety alone

Topics:  bakers creek, bruce highway, mackay, racq, sarina


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