PROJECT POSTPONED: The Department of Transport and Main Roads is not reviewing traffic conditions at Withcott until after the completion of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.
PROJECT POSTPONED: The Department of Transport and Main Roads is not reviewing traffic conditions at Withcott until after the completion of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing. Gary Worrall

Main Roads postpone Withcott traffic review

THE promised Traffic Study for Withcott will not happen until the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is open, says a spokesperson for Main Roads.

In a statement Main Roads said the Second Range Crossing will take precedent over the review of traffic conditions on the Warrego Hwy at Withcott, despite growing community concern after a student was recently hit by a car while trying to cross at the dangerous spot.

The statement from Main Roads follows a letter received on April 26 from the Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey, responding to the Lockyer Valley Council, stating the traffic studies for Withcott would be completed by the end of June.

The letter advised the studies were designed to "provide the rationale to support funding applications for upgrade projects to improve safety along this section of the highway in the short term (next five years)."

"As the $1.6billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is likely to impact traffic volumes and the vehicle mix at Withcott, the review will be carried out once this landmark project is complete," the spokesperson for Main Roads said.

 

"Pedestrian crossing refuge signage is in place at Withcott."

The spokesperson re-confirmed TMR would install vehicle activated speed signs on the eastbound lanes of the highway as traffic approaches Withcott to highlight the 80km/h and 60km/h speed limits, by the end of July.


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