Would you drive your van on this rocky road?
Government solution is to install more than 100 signs
A $2.5 MILLION upgrade to Mingo Crossing Caravan Park is hoped to boost tourism for the North Burnett and give the region an attraction to boast about, but travellers heading there are in for a bumpy ride.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said the state of the unsealed road could deter people from visiting the park.
“And this is why we are all working hard to lobby the state to finish sealing the road,” she said.
But the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ solution is to install 100 new signs to make the trip safer.
“Motorists will soon experience a safer journey along Gayndah-Mount Perry Rd with more than 100 new signs currently being installed along a 30km stretch,” a TMR representative said.
“Advance curve warning signs and chevron alignment markers are being installed at select curves to enhance the delineation of the road.”
Weather permitting, the TMR representative said the signage project was expected to be completed in October.
“As with any part of the state-controlled network, we’ll continue to inspect the road and program and repairs as required,” the spokesperson said.
Mount Perry Community Development Board president Ken Schuster said the new signage had partially come as a result of pressure from passionate locals who lost a family member on the dirt road.
Mr Schuster said the signs would not be effective in making the road safer, and North Burnett stakeholders would continue to work together to have the road improved.
“The signs are totally inadequate, it’s just a waste of money,” he said.
For months MPCDB has worked hard to compile a portfolio of incidents that have occurred due to the road’s condition.
“We have many incident reports to glean information from but, at the end of the day, every single one of these reported incidents represents a potential tragedy,” Mr Schuster said.
“How many people have to die before something is done about the road surface?
“Signs will not fix the rapid deterioration of the surface between grades on this road.”
Mr Schuster encouraged anyone who was passionate about the issue to continue putting pressure on State Government.
“We need to create noise,” he said.
“If you’re passionate about it write a letter to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads or the local member.
“We’ve had enough of the damage, injuries and death.”
MP Mark Bailey can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The signs are totally inadequate, it’s just a waste of money.
— Ken Schuster