During 2010 the issue of the Kuranda range road and its upgrade was featured and promoted a number of times in the cairns post. Conversely there are many in the community whobelieve that a new super-fast expressway would prove to be a real death trap considering the incline, the intent to use it for very heavy vehicles, the climatic conditions in the far north and the mindset of a percentage of drivers
Many regular users believe that the present Kuranda range road is superb considering that it follows the original surveyed route, climbs to 420 meters over a relatively short distance, is well signed, well maintained, surfaced with the very best stone mastic asphalt, and has good safety features: warning signs,guard rails, and crash barriers.
One drawback it has is it is difficult to police so a percentage of drivers who use the road see it as their own personal mount panorama
The road itself if driven to conditions is safe; what makes it a nightmare is the tailgating, overtaking over double centre lines, and speeding by would- be race car drivers.
The police must be given the resources they need to protect the majority of the Kuranda road users. The technology is available at far less the cost of building a new road, what we lack is the political will. The government has done a good job upgrading the current road but must now finish the job and make it safe.