Bruce Hwy is Gladstone region's number one crash zone

THE Bruce is Gladstone's highway to hell.

With 549 smashes between 2001 and 2013, the major arterial is the region's number one crash zone.

An analysis of Queensland Government crash data showed there were 3309 crashes in the Gladstone Regional Council area over the 13 years.

Rounding out the top five are the Dawson Hwy on 391 crashes; Gladstone-Benaraby Rd with 257; Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd on 192 and Auckland St on 101.

Conditions play a major part in the severity of crashes, and authorities are committing millions of dollars to fix the problems.

The Queensland Government will spend $2,304,947 in the Main Roads' Fitzroy region - which covers Rockhampton, Gladstone and Yeppoon - under the Safer Roads Sooner program over three years.

Gladstone Regional Council spent about $20.9 million maintaining the area's roads this financial year.

Mayor Gail Sellers said she was unable to give details regarding applications for funding under the Federal Government's Black Spot Program.

RACQ senior road safety advisor Joel Tucker said the Bruce Hwy's crash record was "bad", and improving the key thoroughfare could mean the difference between life and death for some crash victims.

"A large proportion of deaths have occurred on the Bruce Hwy over the years because it is a very busy road and because it's a national highway," Mr Tucker said.

"There are still sections that are only one lane each way and some are undivided and curvy in parts as well.

"Driver behaviour is up to the individual and road authorities do not have direct control of this.

"All the motoring clubs are saying 'get your roads in order'.

"If you build a good road today, it will be there tomorrow and it's going to be there 20 or 30 years before it needs too much work."

A representative for the state's Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said $350 million would be spent on safety improvements along major arterials by 2020.

"The Government remains committed to working with the Federal Government in delivering $350 million in jointly-funded safety improvements on the Bruce Hwy between Brisbane and Cairns, and $40 million on the Warrego Hwy between Toowoomba and Miles, over the next five years," the representative said.

- APN NEWSDESK



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