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Queensland's dodgiest roads revealed

SAFETY FIRST: Member for Longman Wyatt Roy and Member for Glass House Andrew Powell.
SAFETY FIRST: Member for Longman Wyatt Roy and Member for Glass House Andrew Powell. Contributed

LARGE sections of highways in the Moreton Bay region have been named by Queenslanders fed up with driving in hazardous conditions.

The Bruce Hwy, which came in as the worst road in the state, was nominated as dangerous 13 times for the stretch between Caboolture and Coochin Creek, for reasons including congestion, rough surfaces, a lack of road shoulder and lanes as well as sharp drop-offs into ditches.

RACQ executive general manager of advocacy Paul Turner said more than 400 roads were reported to the club last month through its Unroadworthy Roads Survey 2016, which surveyed 900 people.

"The biggest safety bugbear by far is rough road surfaces, followed by too-narrow roads or traffic lanes, poor road shoulders and roads prone to flooding," he said.

"Unsurprisingly, the Bruce Highway tops the list of the most complained-about roads; nominated for rough, narrow conditions, congestion, and sections which are constantly cut off by floodwater."

The D'Aguilar Hwy had five areas that came up as being hazardous from Wamuran to Stony Creek.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell was well aware the D'Aguilar Hwy has had a high level of accidents but said he was now delivering on his commitment to upgrade the road.

"When I first decided to contest the seat of Glass House more than seven years ago, the biggest issue that I had on my to-do list for this part of the electorate was upgrading to the D'Aguilar Highway," he said.

"I am pleased to say I have worked with all levels of Government during the past seven years to secure funding for this road and we are now seeing the benefit of that persistence."

Mr Powell said speed reductions in several locations of the highway "have gone a long way to addressing some of the major causes of accidents".

"The upgrade that we are seeing now will improve the road surfaces, install overtaking lanes and ensure that motorists are driving on a much safer road, one that is wider and smoother," he said.

The Federal Government funded a $16 million safety improvement project on the D'Aguilar Hwy between Caboolture and Kilcoy, which began in October last year and is due for completion later this year.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson also revealed the details of safety improvement works.

A new drain and a modification to the existing roadside shoulder in the eastbound lane near Waraba Creek, between Mylett Road and Morleys Lane, are scheduled to be complete by early April 2016, weather permitting.

THE FACTS

Top 10 Unroadworthy Roads in Queensland:

1. Bruce Hwy

2. Pacific Motorway

3. Mount Lindesay Hwy

4. Captain Cook Hwy

5. Rickertt Rd, Ransome

6. D'Aguilar Hwy

7. Kennedy Hwy

8. Warrego Hwy

9. New England Hwy

10. Telegraph Rd, Bracken Ridge.


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