Gov must fix Gold Coast risky roads: RACQ

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

Gold Coast aerial

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 Beaudesert Beenleigh Road between Tabragalba and Tamborine 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 on the Gold Coast to be forgotten.”

Ms Ross said RACQ called on the State and Federal governments 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 on the Gold Coast 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 on the Gold Coast

Road Location Priority*
Pacific Motorway Gateway Mwy to Logan River High
Beaudesert Beenleigh Road Tabragalba to Tamborine High
Camp Cable Road Mt Lindesay Hwy to Yarrabilba High
Waterford Tamborine Road Waterford to Tamborine High
Pacific Motorway Smith St Motorway to NSW Border High
Pacific Motorway Logan River to Smith St Mwy High
Mt Lindesay Highway Park Ridge to Jimboomba High
Beaudesert Beenleigh Road Tamborine to Bahrs Scrub High
Mt Lindesay Highway Beaudesert to Rathdowney High
Mt Lindesay Highway Jimboomba to Beaudesert High
Ipswich Boonah Road Yamanto to Boonah 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 assessment.