Truck accidents highlight need for $8.5b Bruce Hwy fix up
A STRING of truck accidents on the Bruce Hwy in recent days, including a B-double rollover that blocked one traffic lane for 22 hours, underlines the need for the $8.5 billion upgrade of the Bruce Hwy.
Since February 2011 to February 2016, Queensland Crash Data reports 120 crashes have occurred on the Bruce Hwy between Rockhampton and St Lawrence, including 10 fatalities.
In the same period 108 crashes have occurred on the Benaraby to Rockhampton stretch of the highway, including eight fatalities.
In an aim to improve the safety of the busy highway, the Australian Government has committed to contributing $6.7 billion to the estimated $8.5 billion project, over 10 years from 2013 to 2023.
And with two truck accidents in two days in the CQ region, the improvements to the road couldn't come quick enough.
One lane of the Bruce Hwy, 14km south of Marlborough, was closed for 22 hours yesterday after a B-double rolled on its side at 4am Wednesday morning.
Main Roads confirmed the lane reopened at 2am yesterday after emergency crews and a tow truck moved the B-double that had caused a three-hour wait in traffic for some drivers.
A truck was also involved in another accident on the Bruce Hwy on Tuesday morning when it clipped a car and caused it to spin out of control on the south bound lane of the Neville Hewitt Bridge.
Police are still investigating the crash and are waiting to speak with the truck driver involved, who continued travelling south after clipping the car and may have been unaware of the accident.
According to Queensland Crash Data, 3010 vehicles travel on the Bruce Hwy from Rockhampton to St Lawrence and Mackay on a daily basis and 707 of them are considered heavy vehicles.
The upgrade, which will focus on the stretch of road between Brisbane and Cairns, is focused on improving the areas of safety, flood and capacity.
Main Roads have recently completed works in the Central Queensland region including an additional 3.4km of north and south-bound overtaking lanes on the Bruce Hwy 10km south of Marlborough at Princhester, a further 2.6km of overtaking lanes near the Old Ten Chain Rd intersection, 7km south of Benaraby and 2.3km of overtaking lanes between Koumala and Sarina.
BRUCE HWY DATA:
5811 vehicles travel on the Bruce Hwy (Benaraby to Rockhampton) daily, 1767 of those are heavy vehicles.
3010 vehicles travel on the Bruce Hwy (Rockhampton to St Lawrence and St Lawrence to Mackay) daily, 707 of those are heavy vehicles.
There's been 108 crashes including eight fatalities on the Bruce Hwy between Benaraby and Rockhampton from February 2011 to February 2016.
There's been 135 crashes including 11 fatalities from St Lawrence to Mackay in the same period.