Of the 245 lives lost on Queensland roads in 2018, over 65% of the crashes occurred in areas outside of the major cities.
The Queensland Government has identified sections of regional high‑speed, two-lane highways that mostly have narrow shoulders, minimal separation between traffic, minimal safety features (such as audio-tactile line markings) and unprotected roadsides.
These sections of road make up 3% of Queensland’s state-controlled road network by length, but 20% of vehicle kilometres travelled and 15% of ‘fatal and serious injury’ crashes.
Many of the identified roads are key freight routes servicing towns and cities along the coast. Growing populations in these towns and cities, along with rising freight demand, are likely to increase traffic volumes and potentially the number of crashes on these roads.
This initiative forms part of the national High Priority Initiative for Regional road network safety improvements.
Options to address the initiative could include:
- providing wider centrelines, centre barriers and increasing shoulder widths
- implementing audio-tactile line marking and roadside barriers
- improving the quality of high-risk intersections.
Options to improve each section of road in the program will need to take into account the unique characteristics and safety risks of those sections.
Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).