IN RELATION to the apparent completion of the upgrade to the George and Victoria St intersection in Biggenden, I would like to thank the Transport and Main Roads Department via the Minister for their effort.
I am assuming that the work to date is the conclusion of “stage one”.
To that end, I sought and received feedback from residents of Biggenden on their impression of the upgrade so far.
Many observations were constructive.
The consensus seems to be that it will certainly assist local motorists but will fall short of expectation in relation to drivers not familiar with this area.
My investigation revealed four areas of concern. These are: Firstly, because the paint on the road surface will be difficult to see during a heavy rain event, fog or fading, over time, a Give Way Ahead sign with luminous edging should be erected. It should be sited before the telephone box on the Isis Hwy end. There is already such a sign at a point prior to J&J Motors building on the Maryborough end. The precedent for this is the GiveWay Ahead sign on the North South Road as motorists approach the Bruce Hwy intersection. That sign certainly has the desired effect.
Secondly, the painted centre island should be enhanced by a raised surround, either modular or permanent, with Give Way sign with luminous edging should be erected in the centre adjacent to the existing sign near the footpath.
That is because, quite often, large vehicles such as trucks, caravans or motor homes park outside the only bank in town which effectively hides the sign, hence the need for centre signage.
Thirdly, the suggestion was made that the spoon drain “dip” on the Maryborough end be levelled out even it if means increasing the pipe size beneath to carry more storm water. It was suggested that the concrete is showing signs of wear, so the time is right to upgrade and level the carriageway.
Finally, wide “zig zag” lines would be painted on the carriageway on the approach to the intersection. This should be completed to the international standard which is designed to alert drivers of potential danger, as well as a prompt for them to realise a response is required.
This system is not unprecedented in Queensland.
I can point to four examples in Bundaberg at pedestrian crossings (although not to international standard) so it would be reasonable to assume that this precedent could be adopted for use at known dangerous intersections as is the case in parts of New South Wales, and, I suspect, other states as well.
In conclusion, the initial response seems positive, but seen as not adequate to reduce incidents by drivers not familiar with this area, particularly in inclement weather conditions.
Therefore I respectfully request that our mayor, councillors and civic leaders lobby the Minister and his department in order to secure a stage two to the upgrade.
KD Fisher Biggenden