Highway becomes 90km car park, and it's getting worse
IT was a 90km car park during peak times between Christmas and New Year.
Police warn the Bruce Highway is going to get a whole lot worse as holiday-makers stream out of the Sunshine Coast at the end of the school break and what is expected to turn into a very long Australia Day weekend.
At peak times during the Christmas-New Year holidays the journey from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane took up to three hours.
Shane Panaho, the officer-in-charge of the Nambour Road Policing Unit, said motorists on the highway during peak travel times should expect long delays.
"Motorists need to change their attitudes and plan their trips better to build in the fact it will take longer to get home and will require patience and courtesy," he said.
"I went to Brisbane at 5am on Sunday.
"The traffic was fine. If I'd travelled any other time I would have faced congestion and delay."
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Clayton's Towing driver Jason Dougherty said he took 45 minutes to get from the Sippy Downs off ramp to Coastline BMW at Currimundi. He had thought a Sunshine Motorway-Nicklin Way route would avoid jammed traffic heading into Caloundra. Instead he found another world of delay and frustration on the Nicklin Way.
Data collected by the Department of Transport and Main Roads showed Boxing Day between 9am and 10am delivered the heaviest traffic load north from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast between Christmas and New Year.
Between New Year's Eve and January 3, the busiest day was January 2 with the busiest hour that day between 8.30am and 9.30am.
Southbound, January 2 from 9.30am to 10.30am was the busiest hour for travel between New Year's Eve and January 3.
The count information was gathered at a Transport and Main Roads permanent counting site located about three kilometres north of the Pumicestone Road interchange on the Bruce Highway.
Mr Panaho said the slower traffic meant there had been fewer accidents but more break downs.
Fine weather was expected spike already heavy traffic flows through to the end of the school holidays with the next major movement expected to be around January 22 with people looking to make a four-day weekend around Australia Day celebrations on January 26, Mr Panaho said.
Police conducted 8500 RBTs during the past week with 35 positive tests.
"A one to 244 ratio is not bad," Mr Panaho said. "Although I would love to see it lower."
Not so impressive was the ratio for drug drivers with 26, or one in three of 66 tested, proving positive to illicit substances.
Mr Panaho said the biggest issue in Queensland was the infrastructure and its capacity to meet the demands of both an increased population and the increased desirability of the region as a holiday destination.