Demand safer roads from election candidates, RACQ urges
NOW is the time for Fraser Coast motorists to demand safer roads from candidates running in the federal election, the RACQ says.
RACQ executive manager public policy Michael Roth said long-term funding pledges for the Bruce Hwy by the Federal Government and Opposition were welcome but a commitment to additional funding for urgent safety upgrades was required in order to save lives.
He said as part of the Demand Better Roads campaign, the RACQ was calling on both sides of politics to commit $900 million for safety upgrades to the entire Bruce Hwy.
Mr Roth said the safety improvements required on the Bruce Hwy north and south of Maryborough included:
- Safety barriers
- Removal of roadside hazards
- Audio tactile line markings (rumble strips)
- Intersection improvements
- Lane duplication
- Lane widening
- Road surface improvements
- Signalised crossings
- Central median barriers
- Shoulder sealing
He said the region's worst suspicions had been confirmed last month with the release of the latest Australian Road Assessment Program report.
"The report gave the majority of the Bruce Hwy in the Maryborough area safety ratings below the minimum acceptable standard of three stars," he said.
Mr Roth said 79% of the Gympie to Childers link and 45% of the Childers to Miriam Vale link were rated one and two stars, which was well below the acceptable safety standard for a developed country.
"This isn't good enough, with an average of 43 people killed in road crashes on the Bruce Hwy every year since 2008," he said.
For more information on the Demand Better Roads campaign, visit www.demandbetterroads.com.au.