Bruce Highway

Bruce Highway, the 'Highway of Shame' with 761 crashes over 13 years

Bruce Highway is one of the world's most dangerous highways. Located in Queensland, Australia, the road is 1.652km (1,027mi) long. The most dangerous elements for road are illegal and dangerous overtaking, and the road's length. It’s one of the Australian longest roads.

The road is named after the politician Henry Adam Bruce. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. Bruce Highway is a vital link for 11 coastal ports and west-east freight movements. It links the state capital, Brisbane, and Cairns in Far North Queensland, passing through areas close to the eastern coast and through the major cities, including Maryborough, Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville. The highway connects the ports and business centres within south-east Queensland, offering accessibility to many coastal tourist attractions in Queensland. It also serves as a local roadway for many regional communities. The highway carries huge traffic volumes daily, with north of Brisbane segment witnessing more than 100,000 vehicle movements each day. The Bruce Highway is the single most important piece of public infrastructure in Queensland. Due to the number of accidents and - in a way, its sheer length - it still makes the dangerous list. Bruce shoots down the East coast and is known for dangerous illegal overtaking and sometimes severe flooding. This road is responsible for 17% of the national highway deaths in Australia. Illegal overtaking is the primary cause of road accidents, with neglect from government maintenance also being an issue.

The route is a part of the Australian National Highway and also part of Highway 1. The surface of the road is asphalted. The road averages the 17% of the national highway deaths in Australia. Although you do have to bear in mind that the road is more than 1,500km long. The main danger is illegal and dangerous overtaking, so watch yourself. You might not see anyone for a while, be lured into a false sense of security and boom, you weren’t looking. And do remember, in Australia it’s illegal to drive with any of your body parts out of the car.
The road is known as the 'Highway of Shame'. With 761 crashes over 13 years, it’s the region's number one crash zone. It’s known as the biggest traffic carrier in the state. It is also prone to frequent flooding. These are possibly the reasons why there is a high rate of accidents that occur on this road. The Bruce Hwy roadside is not forgiving on driver error and is risky for drivers. There is a lot of trucks traffic, and it is an undivided highway for the most part that carries high volumes of traffic so there is a high risk of head on crashes.

 

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