A traffic incident on the Warrego Highway at Blacksoil yesterday.
A traffic incident on the Warrego Highway at Blacksoil yesterday. Rob Williams

Highway shamed in roads survey

MOTORISTS have given the Warrego Highway stretch between Ipswich and Toowoomba the thumbs-down, ranking it as one of the worst in the state.

In the RACQ Unroadworthy Roads Survey released this week, respondents ranked the highway as number eight in the top 10 worst state roads or highways.

RACQ senior traffic and safety engineer Greg Miszkowycz said all stretches of the Warrego Highway were criticised in the report.

“All three sections of the Warrego Highway from Ipswich to Charleville also featured heavily in the 2011 Unroadworthy Roads Survey,” Mr Miszkowycz said.

Sections of the Bruce Highway also ranked poorly in the report, and Mr Miszkowycz said motorists had had enough.

“Motorists are obviously frustrated about the poor standard and condition of these two national highways, which are in urgent need of major improvements,” he said.

Blair MP Shayne Neumann said while the highway was not perfect, the government was working to fix its problems, including a contribution of $54 million to the Blacksoil Interchange project.

“There’s no doubt the Blacksoil Interchange colours people’s perceptions of the Warrego Highway,” he said.

Ipswich West MP Wayne Wendt, whose state Labor Government is footing $16 million of the Blacksoil Interchange bill, said there had been great improvements in recent years.

“The State Government has made many improvements in the last few years and the Blacksoil Interchange will be a significant impact,” Mr Wendt said.

The highway is well known for its high number of fatalities and serious accidents. Emergency Services were called to a two-vehicle smash at a notorious section of the highway yesterday.

A silver Toyota Camry sedan and a silver Ford Falcon were involved in a rear-ender about 8.10am, just after the Brisbane Valley Highway turn-off at Blacksoil. No serious injuries were reported from the incident.

Survey results:

  • 61 survey respondents nominated the Ipswich to Toowoomba stretch of Warrego Highway as the worst state road or national highway in Queensland.
  • Motorists said the stretch had frequent pot holes, rough surfaces and poor shoulders, as well as being flood prone

Read the full results of the survey



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