MP urges TMR to fix crossroad
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.”