Safety first in road up­grade

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads has kept its prom­ise that the up­grade of the Ge­orge and Vic­to­ria Sts in­ter­sec­tion at Biggenden would be com­pleted by the end of June.

Con­trac­tor Graeme McDer­mid Line­mark­ing com­pleted the work over two days ear­lier this week.

Main Roads took on board the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times’ and Biggenden res­i­dents’ con­cerns about daily near misses at the in­ter­sec­tion be­fore there was a fa­tal­ity.

The depart­ment orig­i­nally said the in­ter­sec­tion met cur­rent stan­dards, with give way sig­nage and line­mark­ing in place, and was highly vis­i­ble but res­i­dents dis­agreed as at the time line­mark­ing was vir­tu­ally in­vis­i­ble.

Af­ter fur­ther pub­lic­ity and urg­ing by the pub­lic, Main Roads com­pleted an­other road safety as­sess­ment of the in­ter­sec­tion.

Main Roads has in­stalled an ex­tra give way sign on J&J Mo­tors’ side of the in­ter­sec­tion.

Time will tell whether the highly vis­i­ble line mark­ing now in place will slow down mo­torists.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

FIX­ING A PROB­LEM: Graeme McDer­mid and em­ployee and nephew Travis McDer­mid have been busy this week up­grad­ing the Ge­orge and Vic­to­ria St in­ter­sec­tion at Biggenden.

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