The Road Ahead : February March 2008
features STORY BARRY GREEN Don't just dodge the potholes and curse; speak up about those poorly designed or neglected roads so that something can be done. RACQ wants the name, location and details of Queensland's worst offenders, plus suggestions on how to fix them, to help the Club lobby governments (see survey form on the facing page). The Club's last Unroadworthy Roads Survey three years ago identified more than 240 inadequate or substandard roads. RACQ traffic and safety executive manager John Wikman said a number of roads identified as being of greatest concern in the last survey had received attention. These included the realignment of two lanes of the Bruce Highway, in north Queensland, from Corduroy Creek to the Tully High School, where works totalling $172 million are being carried out to make the highway flood-free and safer. Widening of the Maroochydore Road on the Sunshine Coast, from the Bruce Highway to Martins Creek, to four lanes is due for completion mid-year. About 2.3 km of River Heads Road, a local government road under the control of Hervey Bay City Council, has been rebuilt. "We are aware of several other projects scheduled or underway on at least seven of the top 20 list of State or Federal Government controlled roads identified in the 2005 survey,'' Mr Wikman said. He said an example of 'unroadworthiness' would be narrow, undulating sealed roads with broken edges or steep drop-offs. There might also be poor line markings, no signs and a rough surface of potholes and patches. identify bad roads. RACQ wants your help to identify bad roads Dodgy roads Next time you go away, let Australia Post collect your mail instead. Protect your privacy with Australia Post s Mail Holding or Mail Redirecton services. We ll safely hold your mail or temporarily redirect it to family or friends until you return. For an application form, simply visit www.auspost.com.au/movingservices or drop into your local PostShop.
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