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RACQ Unroadworthy Roads Survey 2018 Title: RACQ Unroadworthy Roads Survey Issued Date: July 2018 Author

RACQ

Unroadworthy Roads Survey

2018

Title: RACQ Unroadworthy Roads Survey Issued Date: July 2018

Author

Public Policy

Date

July 2018

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Introduction

Introduction To raise awareness about the condition of Queensland’s roads, the RACQ conducts the Unroadworthy Roads

To raise awareness about the condition of Queensland’s roads, the RACQ conducts the Unroadworthy Roads survey asking respondents to nominate those roads they consider to be in a poor or inadequate condition, unfit for the function they are designed to perform and not providing an acceptable level of service to the road user. This 2018 survey adds to the growing database of respondent views gathered in previous surveys conducted in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2016.

The views expressed by respondents to the abovementioned surveys provide road user feedback on road features which complement other RACQ studies of crash statistics and technical road design information analysed and discussed in the Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP).

The main aims of the survey were to:

identify the worst roads in Queensland according to members’ perceptions for the purpose of lobbying government authorities for increased levels of road funding;

establish the major deficiencies and problems associated with Queensland’s road infrastructure; and

compare results with previous Unroadworthy Roads surveys

Results from the survey will be provided to road authorities to help identify and support improvements on their road network.

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Results

Results RACQ received: • 1643 total responses; highlighting • 607 different unroadworthy roads throughout Queensland

RACQ received:

1643 total responses; highlighting

607 different unroadworthy roads throughout Queensland

Image 1 (below) shows a heat map of locations nominated by respondents. This interactive map is available under the Unroadworthy Roads tab at https://www.racq.com.au/cars -and- driving/representing-queensland-drivers/road-surveys-and-assessments

Additional comments provided by respondents, by road name and suburb, can be found in the Unroadworthy Roads Technical Appendix available from the link above.

Image 1 Heat map showing nominated Unroadworthy Road locations

– Heat map showing nominated Unroadworthy Road locations Title: RACQ Unroadworthy Roads Survey Issued Date: July

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Table 1 – ‘Top 10’ roads with summary description of nominated problems Rank Road Name

Table 1 – ‘Top 10’ roads with summary description of nominated problems

Rank Road Name 1 Bruce Highway 2 Alma Road Mount Lindesay 3 Highway 4 Kennedy
Rank Road Name 1 Bruce Highway 2 Alma Road Mount Lindesay 3 Highway 4 Kennedy
Rank Road Name 1 Bruce Highway 2 Alma Road Mount Lindesay 3 Highway 4 Kennedy
Rank
Road Name
1 Bruce Highway
2 Alma Road
Mount Lindesay
3
Highway
4 Kennedy Highway
=5
Henry Road
=5
Pacific Motorway

7 Foxwell Road

8 Yawalpah Road

#

Responses

Summary description of nominated problems

Respondents nominated that the Bruce Highway was rough, narrow, pot holed, lacked overtaking opportunities

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and was prone to flooding, especially from Gladstone to north of Mackay. Congestion issues were also raised

between Brisbane and Sunshine Coast.

A vocal community identified problems with pot holes, sharp curves and only a single lane underpass of the railway

line.

Respondents mostly nominated lack of safe overtaking opportunities, rough, pot holed and a narrow road surface

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between Browns Plains and the NSW border. Dangerous intersections (Greenbank Road is currently being

upgraded) and high mix of heavy vehicles. Traffic growth has outstripped upgrades, especially between Park Ridge

and Jimboomba, creating congestion and difficulty in overtaking, while the highway condition has deteriorated.

Narrow, winding and slippery road with a lack of overtaking opportunities on the Kuranda Range section. Cairns to

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Atherton sections also prone to surface failures, poor patch repairs and lack of safe overtaking opportunities.

Respondents said that these issues, combined with the significant number of heavy vehicles makes this road

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50

unsafe.

Poor surface prone to pot holes and surface failures - Traffic volumes increasing as it links emerging communities at

Griffin to Dohles Rocks Road and Bruce Highway.

Most responses highlighted the significant congestion and safety issues to the south of Brisbane, southern Gold

Coast area and at Exit ramps 49 to 57.

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Dangerous intersection at Foxwell Road / Learning Street. Motorists feel unsafe when turning right out of Learning

Street due to high speeds and a blind corner.

Speed limit too high, potholes, trees, poor visibility, overcrowded, no lighting. Poor visibility, speeding and poor

driver behaviour at Attenborough Rd roundabout off the M1.

Road is narrow, high speed and in poor condition. High volumes of traffic and lack
Road is narrow, high speed and in poor condition. High volumes of traffic and lack of overtaking lanes and
Ipswich Boonah
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opportunities leads to dangerous overtaking manoeuvres. Unsafe intersections, blind corners and hidden
Road
driveways. Road quality and condition has not kept pace with increase in traffic.
Respondents identified that the road is in very poor condition, rough, pot holed and not up to standard, especially
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D’Aguilar Highway
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between Woodford and Kilcoy. It is a very busy corridor carrying a significant number of heavy vehicles with very
few overtaking opportunities.

The Bruce Highway again attracted the most nominations for a single road in Queensland, similar to previous surveys (see Table 1). However, as a proportion of total responses received, the Bruce Highway has dropped substantially since the 2011 survey, indicating that Federal and Queensland Government investment in the $8.5 billion, 10-year, Bruce Highway Upgrade Program (2013-2023) has improved the quality and standard of the road.

This was replicated for the Warrego Highway, dropping from 2 nd highest number of responses in 2011 to 8 th in 2016 and in this survey to 30 th . There has been significant investment over the past 3-5 years to widen, install overtaking lanes, improve drainage and flood immunity and rehabilitate sections, improving the standard of the corridor.

Alma Road at Dakabin received the 2 nd highest number of nominations and has not featured prominently in previous surveys. They identified road surface failures a substandard curve and the single lane underpass of the North Coast railway line.

The Pacific Motorway jumped up to 2 nd in the survey, mainly due to significant congestion and safety concerns to the south of Brisbane (Eight Mile Plains to Loganholme), southern section at the Gold Coast and at Exits 49 to 57. Motorists feel the road is not fit for purpose as part of Queensland’s major north-south corridor.

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The Mt Lindesay Highway, Kennedy Highway and D’Aguilar Highway all attracted similar complaints, being generally

The Mt Lindesay Highway, Kennedy Highway and D’Aguilar Highway all attracted similar complaints, being generally rough and narrow with a lack of overtaking opportunities.

Henry Road did not feature in the 2016 survey, however it received equal 5 th highest number of nominations in this year’s survey. This road is under pressure with increased traffic volumes from emerging communities in Griffin, as it provides a link to Dohles Rocks Road and Bruce Highway. Respondents identified a poor surface prone to pot holes and surface failures.

Yawalpah Road and Foxwell Road had not received many responses in past surveys but are both emerging areas with increased traffic demand. Yawalpah Road registers complaints about surface condition, speeding and concerns at the roundabout at Attenborough Road, at the exit of the Pacific Motorway (M1). Foxwell Road was identified as having a dangerous intersection at Learning Street, with high traffic volumes, lack of sight distance to enter Foxwell Road and speeding issues raised.

Ipswich Boonah Road featured at No.9 position. Respondents were forthcoming with their assessment, citing it as dangerous, due to being a narrow, high speed, high volume road in poor condition lacking overtaking chances. Unsafe intersections, blind corners and hidden driveways was also nominated. An overall assessment is that the road quality and condition has not kept pace with increases in traffic.

Most nominated problems

As shown in Table 2 below, the top five problems were Rough surface(60% of responses), followed by Narrow road / lanes(49% of responses), Poor shoulders(45% of responses), Lack of overtaking opportunities(37% of responses) and Flood prone(30%). Respondents were able to nominate more than one problem on a road.

Table 2 Most nominated problems

 

#

Problems

Responses

Rough Surface

980

Narrow road/lanes

798

Poor shoulders

747

Lack of overtaking opportunities

602

Flood prone

493

Tight curves / blind crests

474

Poor road markings

466

Poor drainage

415

Slippery / Loose surface

383

Narrow bridge/culvert

299

Poor or inadequate road lighting

424

Hazardous roadsides

294

Poor signing

273

Poor or no guard rail

269

Objects block visibility

273

Steep grade

142

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Historical ranking of problems The top four problem responses in 2018 (‘rough surface’, ‘poor road

Historical ranking of problems

The top four problem responses in 2018 (‘rough surface’, ‘poor road shoulders’ and ‘narrow road / lanes’) were the same for all previous surveys (2001, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2016), as shown in Table 3 below.

‘Rough surface’ has topped the list in all surveys while ‘poor road shoulders’ dropped to third in 2016 and again in 2018 with ‘narrow road / lanes’ taking second.

A lack of overtaking opportunities was not inc luded as a road problem option in the 2001 survey but was suggested by respondents within the problem descriptionarea of the survey form. Hence it was added into all surveys since 2001 and has received the fourth highest number of nominations since 2005.

A lack of overtaking opportunities is a frustration for motorists and becomes more prevalent as traffic volumes rise.

Table 3 - Ranking of problems for 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2016

RANK

Problem 2001 2005 2008 2011 2016 Rough surface Poor road shoulders Narrow road/lanes 2 3
Problem
2001
2005
2008
2011
2016
Rough surface
Poor road shoulders
Narrow road/lanes
2
3
3
3 2
Lack of overtaking opportunities
N/A
4
4
4 4

2018

1

3

1

1 1

1 1

1 3 1 1 1 1 1

2

4

2

2

2

3

3

‘Top 30’ List of roads with number of responses to identified problems

Table 4 below lists the top 30 nominated roads and the number of responses to each individual problem listed on the survey form. The full list of nominated roads are provided in the Unroadworthy Roads Technical Appendix.

Respondents also had the opportunity to provide specific comments about the problem with each road they nominated. These additional comments are provided in the Unroadworthy Roads Technical Appendix.

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Table 4 - ‘Top 30’ List of roads with number of responses to identified problems

Table 4 - ‘Top 30’ List of roads with number of responses to identified problems

Rank

Road Name

#

Responses

Brisbane Valley Highway 9 7 5 7 7 2

Brisbane Valley Highway

9

7 5

7

7 2

1 Bruce Highway

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64

37

46

37

37

14

2 Alma Road

81

28

60

27

15

21

53

3 Mount Lindesay Highway

70

41

37

38

46

29

14

4 Kennedy Highway

64

34

44

44

52

10

40

5 Henry Road

50

44

29

27

15

45

5

6 Pacific Motorway

50

8

13

9

8

2

2

7 Foxwell Road

27

3

3

4

-

2

16

8 Yawalpah Road

25

14

14

7

12

3

10

9 Ipswich Boonah Road

23

18

13

19

20

15

10

10 D’Aguilar Highway

18

16

6

7

12

7

6

D’Aguilar Highway 18 16 6 7 12 7 6 2 3 1 1 32 22 20
D’Aguilar Highway 18 16 6 7 12 7 6 2 3 1 1 32 22 20
D’Aguilar Highway 18 16 6 7 12 7 6 2 3 1 1 32 22 20
D’Aguilar Highway 18 16 6 7 12 7 6 2 3 1 1 32 22 20
D’Aguilar Highway 18 16 6 7 12 7 6 2 3 1 1 32 22 20
2 3 1 1

2

3

1 1

32 22 20 19 21 15 17 14 14 8 28 14 10 41 35
32
22
20
19
21
15
17
14
14
8
28
14
10
41
35
11
24
11
19
4
18
12
13
10
27
16
14
16
13
2
14
26
41
4
20
21
8
21
14
21
27
38
19
1
36
11
11
14
5
1
10
1
1
2
1
2
4
2
3
-
2
1
-
-
6
2
4
1
3
-
6
4
4
8
10
3
9
4
1
2
5
10
6
2
11
7
1
4
7
-
5
4
5
1 4 2 3 4 5 1 6 6 5 2 1 5 3 1
1 4 2 3 4 5 1 6 6 5 2 1 5 3 1
1 4 2 3 4 5 1 6 6 5 2 1 5 3 1
1 4 2 3 4 5 1 6 6 5 2 1 5 3 1
1 4 2 3 4 5 1 6 6 5 2 1 5 3 1
1 4 2 3 4 5 1 6 6 5 2 1 5 3 1
1 4 2 3 4 5 1 6 6 5 2 1 5 3 1

1

4 2

3

4

5 1

6

6

5

2

1

5

3

1

1

1

2

2

1

2

-

11

12

6

10

4

9

9

5

-

10

5

4

4

2

-

9

10

6

12

5

2

7

4

2

4

3

2

4

2

-

8

7

-

11

4

2

2

1

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9

-

1

2

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3

6

1

3

6

6

1

-

1

11

1

2

2

1

1

2

2

4

7

2

2

1

2

2

1

3

2

2

2

2

1

6

2

2

-

2

-

-

-

3

1

-

1

1

-

-

4

4

5

4

2

2

2

3

2

3

2

4

1

2

1

5

5

5

4

5

3

2

6

-

1

1

2

1

1

2

2

1

5

-

-

-

-

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2

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

5

1

8

1

3

6

1

3

2

1

1

1

1

-

6

5

4

8

-

2

6

-

7

4

-

2

-

-

-

9

8

9

2

9

5

5

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3

5

3

-

9

5

3

 

1

2

1

1

1

-

-

4

3

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3

2

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2

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2

1

1

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2

1

-

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2

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2

1

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1

2

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1

1

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1

1

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1

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1

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2

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1

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2

1

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2

2 4 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 5 6 3 4 4 4
2 4 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 5 6 3 4 4 4
2 4 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 5 6 3 4 4 4
2 4 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 5 6 3 4 4 4
2 4 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 5 6 3 4 4 4
2 4 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 5 6 3 4 4 4
2 4 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 5 6 3 4 4 4
2 4 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 5 6 3 4 4 4
2 4 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 5 6 3 4 4 4
4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 2 3 3 2 11 Cunningham Highway 15
11 Cunningham Highway 15 12 12 Dohles Rocks Road 15 14 13 Moore Park Road

11

Cunningham Highway

15

12

12

Dohles Rocks Road

15

14

13

Moore Park Road

13

10

14

Youngs Crossing Road

13

10

15

Yandina Bli Bli Road

12

-

16

Capricorn Highway

11

6

17

Linkfield Road

11

-

18

Waterford Tamborine Road

11

6

19

Captain Cook Highway

10

5

20

Centenary Motorway

10

-

21

Mossman Mt Molloy Road

10

7

22

Rickertt Road

10

3

23

Beechmont Road

9

5

24

25

Fitzroy Developmental Road

9

9

26

Gore Highway

9

9

27

Palmerston Highway

9

9

28

Tamborine Oxenford Road

9

2

29

Warrego Highway

9

8

30

Marlborough Sarina Road

8

7

28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8
28 Tamborine Oxenford Road 9 2 29 Warrego Highway 9 8 30 Marlborough Sarina Road 8

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