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Highway named as one of Queensland’s worst

DANGER: Corner of Railway and Creek Sts is known to be unsafe, with many accidents there over the years.
DANGER: Corner of Railway and Creek Sts is known to be unsafe, with many accidents there over the years. Amy Kadel

THE New England Hwy has made it into RACQ's annual Worst Roads "Top 10" once again, coming in at number nine this year.

And while traffic volumes dictate the worst roads will almost always be highways, local police can name and shame a few local black spots.

"The New England Highway is obviously the worst [locally] due to traffic volumes," Stanthorpe's officer-in-charge Sergeant Daniel O'Dea said.

"The biggest issues are fatigue and speeding.

"But the biggest problem is not the highway's fault - it's the off-ramps, where you get boulders and trees [blocking vision]."

Sgt O'Dea said the main local road issue was drivers failing to stop at stop signs, and he listed his anecdotal worst interchanges.

"Creek and Railway Sts; Railway and Britannia Sts, and the New England Hwy with High St," he said.

"The volume of crashes are low, but measured over a longer period these would be the worst.

"Other roads where itinerant workers like backpackers seasonally use can produce accidents - usually single-vehicle accidents - like Nundubbermere Rd," Sgt O'Dea said.

RACQ spokesman Paul Turner said the organisation's annual Unroadworthy Roads Survey 2016 attracted more than 400 local, state and federal road complaints.

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

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

"It's closely followed by the Pacific Mwy's congestion problems, lack of overtaking opportunities on the Mount Lindsay Highway and crashes at roundabouts north of Cairns on the Captain Cook Hwy."

Mr Turner said people could take a look at all 438 nominated roads via an interactive heat map at www.racq.com.au/badroads showing exactly where they are.

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