Pe­ti­tion seeks vi­tal road­works

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for an up­grade to Her­veys Range Rd.

The pe­ti­tion, launched by Alice River’s Steven Tit­mus, calls for the road to be resur­faced, widened and to have bike lanes added, as well as an up­grade to the Gran­ite­vale Rd in­ter­sec­tion.

Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper, who has helped col­lect sig­na­tures, said the stretch of road was a ma­jor con­cern raised by res­i­dents dur­ing the state elec­tion cam­paign.

“As we know, the Mount Mar­garet de­vel­op­ment is go­ing ahead in leaps and bounds which means there are a lot more peo­ple us­ing this stretch of road,” he said. “It is also a cy­cling route, but it is nar­row and com­pletely un­safe.”

Mr Harper said he would ta­ble the pe­ti­tion in par­lia­ment and had spo­ken to Main Roads Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley.

Bi­cy­cle Users Group pres­i­dent Re­becca Ryan said the route was used by groups of 30 or more riders on week­ends.

“It is one of only three ma­jor routes that we use as cy­clists, how­ever, it’s not my favourite route as I am a bit in­tim­i­dated by the nar­row sec­tions on the road,” she said.

“I know of sev­eral cy­clists who have had near misses on this route. It doesn’t take much.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

FOOT­PATH CAN­VAS: Jenny McCracken out­lines her 3D chalk piece for this year’s Strand Ephemera ex­hi­bi­tion.

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