No­to­ri­ous in­ter­sec­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

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

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