Gov must fix Cairns’ risky roads: RACQ

The riskiest roads in Cairns have been named and shamed after RACQ found 17 high and medium-high risk roads were putting the region’s drivers in danger.

A stretch of the Captain Cook Highway near Cairns

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club looked at 15,000 kilometres of major highways and roads across the State and, using the Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) ratings system, prioritised stretches of road according to their crash risk.

“Disturbingly, we’ve found some of the region’s busiest roads are potentially deadly. Drivers deserve better and we need to see roads like the Kennedy Highway between Barron Falls and Kuranda prioritised for safety upgrades,” Ms Ross said.

“We know safer roads lead to fewer crashes and fewer deaths and injuries so we can’t afford for roads in Cairns to be forgotten.”

Ms Ross said RACQ called on the State Government to take the politics out of road upgrades and focus on urgent safety upgrades.

“By looking objectively at the crash statistics we’re able to highlight the riskiest sections of our highways in Cairns which need attention first,” she said.

“This isn’t just about major road upgrades, we need the Queensland Government to further commit to a targeted program of low-cost, high-impact works such as wide centre lines, safety barriers, cleared roadsides and intersection upgrades.

“These can be delivered fairly quickly and have a big impact in reducing the number of crashes and injuries.”

The interactive map of the State’s riskiest roads could be found on RACQ’s website.

High and Medium-High Risk rated roads in Cairns

Road Location Priority*
Kennedy Highway Barron Falls to Kuranda High
Captain Cook Highway Cairns to Smithfield High
Peninsula Developmental Road Coen to Weipa High
Gillies Highway Gordonvale to Atherton High
Captain Cook Highway Smithfield to Clifton Beach High
Atherton Herberton Road Atherton to Herberton High
Mossman – Mt Molloy Road Mossman to Mt Molloy High
Captain Cook Highway Clifton Beach to Port Douglas High
Peninsula Developmental Road Lakeland to Coen High
Mulligan Highway Mt Molloy to Lakeland High
Gregory Developmental Road The Lynd to Quartz Blow Creek High
Kennedy Highway Atherton to Ravenshoe High
Kennedy Highway Kuranda to Mareeba Medium-high
Mareeba Dimbulah Road Mareeba to Dimbulah Medium-high
Captain Cook Highway Port Douglas to Mossman Medium-high
Gulf Developmental Road Croydon to Normanton Medium-high
Kennedy Developmental Road Gulf Dev. Road to The Lynd Medium-high

*Priority is based on Combined Risk results which is calculated by scaling the Collective (injury crashes per km) and Individual risk (injury crashes per 100 million vehicle kilometres travelled) and combining with equal weighting. It is then placed in bands from Low risk to high risk which represent 20 percent of the length of roads included in the