Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Deadly Mackay Crash Zone Is Not an Official Blackspot; but It Could Be Home to New Speed Cameras

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Deadly Mackay Crash Zone Is Not an Official Blackspot; but It Could Be Home to New Speed Cameras

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Byline: Geoff Egan Geoff.Egan@newsregionalmedia.com.au

IT IS one of the deadliest stretches of road in the Mackay region - but the Queensland Government has not formally identified the Bruce Hwy between Hampden and The Leap as a blackspot.

An analysis of 15 years of government crash data has revealed eight people have been killed on an 11km stretch of the highway between The Leap and Hampden between 2001 and 2016.

The tragic history of our region's deadliest highway is revealed as police plead with drivers to take care on Queensland roads over the Easter break.

Two people were killed on the stretch in 2016 alone.

In July last year a 43-year-old woman was killed and two people were hospitalised in a wet weather multi-car crash.

In November 2016 a 22-year-old Marian man was killed when he lost control of his car and crashed into a railway culvert.

But a Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said despite "significant" work being done on the road, it was not a formally listed blackspot.

"The Bruce Highway between Wallins Rd and The Leap has not been formally identified as a blackspot location," she said.

"Future works have been programed in the Bruce Highway Safety program. These works are in development phase and will include wide centreline treatment from Hampden to Kuttabul.

"This project includes protected turn lanes at all intersections and pavement widening."

The spokeswoman said the number of road deaths had decreased 43% on roads where a widened centreline had been installed.

Crash records also show major inter-city highways are some of deadliest roads in Queensland.

One-third of Mackay road deaths between 2001 and 2016 occurred on either the Bruce or Peak Downs Hwys.

The TMR spokeswoman said major roads like the Bruce Hwy could soon be home to new point-to-point speed cameras. …

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