Decade of data shows Coast's deadliest stretches of road
THE Coast's deadliest stretches of road are a main focus for our traffic engineers as they work with authorities to reduce the region's crash death toll.
Figures from the Department of Transport and Main Roads have given insight into which intersections and stretches have had the most fatal crashes in the past decade.
The figures were captured between July 1, 2006 and June 30 this year.
The Bruce Hwy received the most mentions, with the junction at Bells Ck Rd ranked as the worst intersection with four deaths.
One kilometre stretches of the highway at Coochin Ck and Parklands ranked as the segments, also with four deaths each.
Nambour Road Policing Unit officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho said police worked with other agencies including the department and Sunshine Coast Council to identify ways to make problem areas safer.
Snr Sgt Panoho said local crash trends and fatal crash statistics from around the state were regularly reviewed to help guide policing strategies.
Bells Ck Rd/ Roys Rd and Bruce Hwy at Bells Ck: three fatal crashes- four deaths
One kilometre stretches of roads:
Bruce Hwy, Coochin Ck: four crashes- four deaths
Bruce Hwy, Parklands: two crashes- four deaths
Sunshine Mwy, Mt Coolum: two crashes- three deaths
Cooroy-Noosa Rd, Tewantin: two crashes- three deaths
Bruce Hwy, Kulangoor: two crashes- two deaths
Nambour Connection Rd, Kulangoor: two crashes- two deaths
Bruce Hwy, Chevallum: two crashes- two deaths
Mons Rd, Forest Glen: two crashes- two deaths
Tunnel Ridge Rd, Mooloolah Valley: two crashes- two deaths
Yandina Coolum Rd, Maroochy River: two crashes- two deaths
David Low Way, Marcoola: two crashes- two deaths
Bruce Hwy, Bells Ck: two crashes- two deaths
Sunshine Mwy, Maroochydore: two crashes- two deaths
Kilcoy Beerwah Rd, Peachester: two crashes- two deaths
Bruce Hwy, Black Mountain: two crashes- two deaths
Bruce Hwy, Cooroy: two crashes- two deaths
A Main Roads spokeswoman said the department was committed to reducing the road toll.
"Every death or serious injury on the road is one too many," the spokeswoman said.
She listed improvements that had been made or planned on the Coast.
Bruce Hwy at Coochin Ck: This is included in an $8 million planning project under way between the Pine River and Caloundra Rd Interchange. This is investigating the key safety, congestion and flood immunity upgrades. Planning is expected to be complete by mid-2018.
Bruce Hwy near Chevallum and Forest Glen: A preferred option has been developed for future upgrades between Maroochydore Rd and Mons Rd. When funding is allocated, a business case will be prepared to allow the Australian Government to consider further investment.
Bruce Hwy at Bells Ck: Construction of an $80.7 million interchange was completed in late 2015. This replaced the at-grade intersections at Roys Rd and Bells Ck Rd, providing safer access to the highway and extra capacity.
Bruce Hwy at Cooroy and Black Mountain: The $490 million Bruce Hwy Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra) Section A project is under way. As part of the project between Cooroy and Federal, a new interchange has been built at Black Mountain Range Rd and the Cooroy southern interchange is being upgraded. Work is due to be complete by early 2017.
Sunshine Mwy at Mt Coolum: A painted centre median treatment was installed in 2012, increasing the distance between lanes and reducing the risk of head-on collisions.
Intersection upgrades are under way on David Low Way from Petrie Ave to Tamarindus St at Marcoola. This includes installing dedicated right-turn lanes, pedestrian refuges and on-road cycle lanes. Work is expected to be complete in September 2016.
In 2016, the speed limit on Yandina Coolum Rd was reduced from 100kmh to 80kmh between Arcoona and Toolborough roads to improve safety. A dedicated right-turn lane into Valdora Rd was recently completed as part of a $440,000 project at the Valdora Rd intersection.