In­ter­sec­tion still danger­ous

Bux­ton res­i­dent calls for fur­ther up­grade on Bruce Hwy

Isis Town and Country - - News -

BUX­TON res­i­dent Merv Hop­ton has called for more work to be done to up­grade the Bruce Hwy at the Bux­ton Rd in­ter­sec­tion.

In a let­ter sent to the News Mail and Town & Coun­try, Mr Hop­ton takes aim at the in­ter­sec­tion, cit­ing the speed limit, heavy us­age and poor light­ing as rea­sons why it should be up­graded.

The let­ter came af­ter a story was printed in the News Mail on April 22 about Bur­nett MP Stephen Bennett help­ing to or­gan­ise a pe­ti­tion for the David­son and Bund­aberg-Bar­gara Rd in­ter­sec­tion at Bar­gara af­ter a crash left res­i­dent Phil Elvery with a se­ri­ous in­jury.

He ques­tioned the mo­tives of Mr Bennett and asked if all vot­ers had equal value.

Mr Hop­ton said Mr Bur­nett, Hin­kler MP Keith Pitt and oth­ers had been well aware of the prob­lem.

“This sec­tion of road car­ries ev­ery bit of traf­fic that flows north and south,” Mr Hop­ton said.

“We have huge trucks, army con­voys and a whole range of other ve­hi­cles.

“Peo­ple now com­plain that they have to slow down to 80 for this sec­tion, and it is still not safe, be­cause peo­ple still speed through, or use turn­ing lanes as pass­ing lanes. It is also what I re­gard as poorly lit at night.”

Mr Bennett said Mr Hop­ton had “raised a num­ber of safety con­cerns” over many years and con­grat­u­lated the Bux­ton res­i­dent for be­ing proac­tive.

The Bur­nett MP said he took the con­cerns se­ri­ously and ad­vo­cated for safety up­grades.

“I took Mr Hop­ton’s con­cerns se­ri­ously and ad­vo­cated for safety up­grades at this in­ter­sec­tion through TMR, in­clud­ing a re­duc­tion in the speed limit and high­lighted his con­cerns over poor light­ing,” Mr Bennett said.

“This in­ter­sec­tion was the fo­cus of a safety as­sess­ment, which re­sulted in a speed re­duc­tion from 100kmh down to 80kmh, along with an ad­di­tional street light by the road – two of the main is­sues Mr Hop­ton raised con­cerns about.

“I ac­knowl­edge Mr Hop­ton may not be con­tent, but it should be re­mem­bered that in­ter­sec­tion has been as­sessed sev­eral times by the traf­fic ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.

“I would en­cour­age peo­ple to take cau­tion when ap­proach­ing this in­ter­sec­tion if they have any con­cerns and of course drive to con­di­tions.”

Mr Hop­ton ques­tioned whether Mr Bennett was “grand­stand­ing to im­prove his much dam­aged vote in higher pop­u­lated ar­eas” and called on him to do a pe­ti­tion for the in­ter­sec­tion to show “he has no bias”.

Mr Bennett said he was happy to help, but said it may be bet­ter for in­di­vid­u­als to start the pe­ti­tion and to con­tact his of­fice for fur­ther sup­port.

“In­di­vid­u­als can also start a pe­ti­tion which may be bet­ter in this case,” he said.

“I am aware of po­ten­tial pe­ti­tion fa­tigue, es­pe­cially when this is­sue has been re­viewed sev­eral times by the traf­fic ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.”

Res­i­dent Merv Hop­ton It is still not safe be­cause peo­ple still speed through

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

CALL FOR UP­GRADE: The in­ter­sec­tion of Bux­ton Rd and Bruce Hwy at Bux­ton has been de­scribed as danger­ous by one reader.

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