Parts of Bruce Hwy near M'boro among nation's most dangerous

THE Bruce Hwy around Maryborough has one of the most dangerous stretches in the country, a national report has found.

The AusRAP road report ranks each highway in Australia on a star rating system.

The latest report, released on Thursday, ranks 80% of the Fraser Coast portion of the Bruce in the two worst ratings.

The area just south of Maryborough was rated the least safe stretch between Gympie and Childers.

There was not a single stretch of the 131km highway between the two towns rated above three stars.

Only the Sarina to Mackay stretch of the Bruce Hwy had more one-star ratings than the Fraser Coast.

The AusRAP report shows conditions have remained similar since the previous star rating report in 2011.

RACQ executive manager for public policy Michael Roth said the rankings for Cooroy to Gympie and Gympie to Childers did not meet the acceptable safety standards for a developed country.

"Both the Cooroy to Gympie and Gympie to Childers links have several features that pose severe risks to motorists - they're undivided roads with high traffic volumes and have narrow sealed shoulders, frequent intersections and hazardous roadsides," he said.

"The Bruce Hwy is very unforgiving of driver error because of its lack of safety features."

Mr Roth called for more intersection improvements, safety barriers and the removal of roadside hazards.

Gympie to Childers on the Bruce Hwy

  • 9% rated one star
  • 70% rated two stars
  • 21% rated three stars


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