THE Gold Coast’s Pacific Motorway has been named as one of the deadliest in Australia by the State’s peak motoring body.
In the four years from 2010 to 2014, 19 people were killed on the 35 kilometre stretch of the M1 from the Logan Motorway in the north to the Smith Street Motorway in the south.
A further three people were killed on the 29 kilometre stretch from Smith Street south to the NSW border during the same time.
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RACQ said the latest Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) report released today was an appalling report card for Queensland. Scroll down for the full statistics.
Spokesperson Paul Turner said the Pacific Motorway was not only named Queensland’s worst highway, but also the fourth worst in the country.
“The number of people dying on the Pacific Motorway is truly frightening and we need the Federal and State governments to deliver the upgrades needed to reduce this statistic,” Mr Turner said.
“We desperately need safety improvements on this motorway between the Gateway Motorway and the New South Wales border including funding for eight lanes in the northern section and six lanes in the southern section.”
Mr Turner said the high-speed section of Bruce Highway between Sarina and Mackay also scored poorly, with 87 crashes and six deaths recorded on the stretch during the reporting period.
“We’ve known for years that the Bruce Highway between Sarina and Mackay is a high-risk section as it’s an undivided road with hazardous roadsides and frequent intersections,” he said.
Mr Turner said safety improvements between Cooroy and Gympie had delivered a 50 percent reduction in injury crashes, proving that upgrading roads was an investment and not a cost.
Sections of the Warrego, New England, Gore and Barkly highways rounded out the list of 21 high-risk sections of Queensland motorway identified in the report.