Bruce Hwy crowned worst road in QLD

February 2, 2023 6:11 am in by
Potholes on the Bruce Highway, supplied

The Bruce Highway has once again been named and shamed as the worst road in the state.

The major stretch has returned to the top of RACQ’s Unroadworthy Roads list for 2022, after being overtaken by Kin Kin Road in the Noosa region in 2020.

RACQ spokesperson Michael Kane says more than 1,500 nominations were received from motorists in response to the survey, highlighting problems on 556 different roads.

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“Our members have called out the Bruce Highway in a big way and their criticism stretches from south east Queensland to far north Queensland,” Dr Kane says.

“Even with significant amounts of funding being directed to the Bruce Highway over many years, recent rain and flooding, combined with heavy traffic, has resulted in potholes and other surface damage.

“Respondents pointed out a range of issues with the Bruce Highway, saying some sections are too narrow, riddled with potholes, lack safe overtaking opportunities and easily flood.

“There were some parts of the highway that received more nominations than others, especially around Rockhampton, the stretch from Mackay to Bowen and Ingham to Innisfail.

“We know there’s a lot of work being done on the Bruce Highway but RACQ is calling for these upgrades to be delivered faster, especially with the recent flooding which caused significant disruptions up north just weeks ago.”

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Kin Kin Road received the second highest number of nominations in 2022, followed by Old Maroochydore Road on the Sunshine Coast, Mount Mee Road at D’Aguilar and the Cunningham Highway in the Darling Downs.

“All the roads in the top 10 list have many things in common: rough surfaces, poor shoulders, narrow lanes and a lack of overtaking opportunities. Wet weather leading to potholes and road damage are also very common,” Dr Kane says.

“We need targeted investment to ensure upgrades are dedicated to safety, maintenance, resilience and strengthening of regional roads, especially with traffic increasing and more frequent and extreme weather events expected in years to come.”

RACQ has provided the survey results to the Department of Transport and Main Roads and relevant Councils in a bid to identify and fast-track upgrades to these dangerous roads.