MP urges TMR to fix cross­road

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

DE­SPITE re­cent up­grades, the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween Niemeyer Road and the War­rego High­way may still be dan­ger­ous, ac­cord­ing to Mem­ber for Lock­yer Jim Mcdon­ald.

Mr Mcdon­ald, who is also a for­mer po­lice­man, said the in­ter­sec­tion was not safe for a num­ber of rea­sons and sev­eral se­ri­ous crashes had hap­pened at the site.

“(It) is a black spot and has had a lot of bad crashes and fa­tal crashes,” Mr Mcdon­ald said.

He said he had ap­proached Trans­port and Main Roads about the in­ter­sec­tion and had urged it to make the changes a pri­or­ity.

“I’m re­ally an­gry at Trans­port and Main Roads be­cause they’ve got $60M of fed­eral fund­ing for safety up­grades and here is an un­sat­is­fac­tory ac­cel­er­a­tion lane they could have fixed us­ing that fed­eral money and some money from the state while the road was closed.”

Trans­port and Main Roads Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley said the depart­ment was look­ing into what ad­di­tional safety im­prove­ments could be made, in­clud­ing speed limit changes.

“It’s im­por­tant that mo­torists con­tinue to avoid the fa­tal five, which con­tin­ues to be the lead­ing cause of death on Queens­land roads.”

Mr Bai­ley said Mr Mcdon­ald should di­rect his out­rage at Scott Buch­holz: the Assistant Min­is­ter for Road Safety and Freight Trans­port, and lo­cal LNP Fed­eral mem­ber.

“Mr Buch­holz knows the ma­jor­ity of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $60 mil­lion won’t even be avail­able for at least two years,” he said.

“The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment has writ­ten to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to bring for­ward that fund­ing so we can get started on War­rego Hway in­ter­sec­tion up­grades sooner.”

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