Warrego among worst in QLD

IT'S not news to many in the Lockyer Valley, but the Warrego Highway has been officially labelled one of the most horrific stretches of road in the state.

According to new RACQ data, motorists face a serious crash risk on the Warrego Highway from Toowoomba to Helidon and from Ipswich to Gatton, identified as one of the most dangerous national highway links in Queensland.

RACQ released its latest Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) report, highlighting the need for urgent safety upgrades on 16 sections of Queensland's major roads, including two on the Warrego Highway.

The AusRAP report is the result of RACQ's assessments and mapping of the risks posed by Queensland's national highways, based on crash statistics.

The report provides risk ratings for 4783km of Queensland's national highways, based on crash data collected between 2003 and 2007 – the most recent full-year crash statistics available when the report was compiled in 2010.

Two sections of the Warrego Highway, from Toowoomba to Helidon and from Ipswich to Gatton as well as the section of New England/Cunningham Highway from Kalbar to Warwick, were rated as high to medium high risks to motorists on the report's list of worst road links.

RACQ Executive Manager Traffic and Safety, John Wikman, said the report revealed that road improvements had not kept pace with increasing traffic volumes, providing proof that the Federal Government had to lift its game and invest funds in Queensland's road infrastructure.

“A significant investment in Queensland roads is long overdue,” Mr Wikman said.

“Three years have passed since we released our last report and the reality is that we're still calling for more funding for roads.”


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