Region's worst road revealed

Published 6:00am 6 February 2023

Region's worst road revealed
Words by Nick Crockford

One of the Moreton Bay Region’s most popular tourist routes has also been rated our most unroadworthy road.

Mt Mee Rd, from Dayboro to the D’Aguilar Highway, received 29 nominations in the biennial RACQ Unroadworthy Roads Survey for 2022.

Complaints included rough surface, narrow, poor shoulders, lacks safe overtaking opportunities, tight curves, blind crests and repairs which “do not last”.

That put Mt Mee Rd fourth in the state-wide report behind the Bruce Highway (267), Kin Kin Rd (44) and Old Maroochydore Rd (37).

D’Aguilar Highway was equal ninth with Brisbane Valley Highway, on 21 complaints including narrow, rough surface, potholes, lacks safe overtaking opportunities of heavy traffic and caravans.

In between were, in order, the Cunningham Highway, Warego Highway, Mt Tamborine Rd and the New England Highway.

Region's worst road revealed
Linkfield Road overpass which has been struck twice by trucks in recent years.

Mt Mee Rd and the D'Aguilar Highway were not in the top 10 of 2020 though the latter was 12th.

A total of 20 roads from across the Moreton Bay Region had one or more nominations in latest survey.

RACQ’s Head of Public Policy, Dr Michael Kane said: “All the roads in the top 10 list have many things in common: rough surfaces, poor shoulders, narrow lanes and a lack of overtaking opportunities.

“Wet weather leading to potholes and road damage are also very common.

“We need targeted investment to ensure upgrades are dedicated to safety, maintenance, resilience and strengthening of regional roads, especially with traffic increasing and more frequent and extreme weather events expected in years to come.”

Gregory Miszkowycz, the RACQ Traffic and Safety Engineering Manager, said issues on Mt Mee Rd were mainly down to the impact of wet weather.

Region's worst road revealed
Badly potholed stretch of road on the Bruce Highway

He said it was difficult to do a “substantial upgrade” on the road, but if pot holes keep re-emerging “we believe an upgrade should be planned”.

Mr Miszkowycz also noted some issues – such as those raised about Linkfield Rd - were due to congestion rather than the road surface.

Roads also receiving unroadworthy nominations were:

6 - Mt Nebo Road

4 – Linkfield Road

3- Anzac Ave, Kallangur; Boundary Rd, Narangba; Caboolture-Bribie Island Rd; Walkers Rd, Morayfield

2 - Archer St, Woodford; Beachmere Rd; Deception Bay Rd; Kremzow Rd, Strathpine; Pumicestone Rd, Caboolture

1- Anzac Ave, Kippa-Ring; Caboolture River Rd; Eatons Crossing Rd; Gympie Rd; Market Rd, Caboolture; Mt Glorious Rd; Nathan Rd, Kippa-Ring; Smiths Rd, Elimbah; Strathpine Rd

Region's worst road revealed
Traffic building up after the Klingner Rd intersection on Anzac Ave

RACQ’s Dr Michael Kane, said more than 1500 nominations were received from motorists in response to the survey, highlighting problems on 556 different roads.

“Our members have called out the Bruce Highway in a big way and their criticism stretches from south-east Queensland to far north Queensland,” he said.

“There were some parts of the highway that received more nominations than others, especially around Rockhampton, the stretch from Mackay to Bowen and Ingham to Innisfail.

“We know there’s a lot of work being done on the Bruce Highway, but RACQ is calling for these upgrades to be delivered faster, especially with the recent flooding which caused significant disruptions up north just weeks ago.”


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