Meeting tackles Mt Sylvia Rd
LOCKYER Valley mayor Steve Jones has called a public meeting between council, Main Roads, contractors and residents over safety concerns after crashes involving heavy vehicles, including a council truck, on Mount Sylvia Rd over the past few weeks.
The meeting, set for 6pm Tuesday at Junction View Hall, comes as residents who use the road have expressed alarm after the most recent incident involving a truck and a tractor where both drivers were lucky to escape injury.
Concern was so great, a local school bus operator used a police escort while transporting school children to Mt Sylvia on the afternoon of the incident.
Mt Sylvia School P&C committee vice-president Vanessa Redinger said the school had approached Gatton police over the issue whom she said have been extremely helpful and increased patrols along the road.
Mrs Redinger said the council was also doing everything it could to help and was organising school bus route awareness signs to be placed along the road.
"I think the mayor's idea of getting everyone together is a great idea," she said.
Nathan Lindenmayer, who works for Crust Farms, was driving the tractor involved in the incident and said he was lucky he saw the truck coming in his mirrors as he was turning into the farm.
"I'm glad I saw him coming and I'm still here to tell the story," Mr Lindenmayer said.
Crust Farms owner Brian Crust said the truck drivers were mostly trying to do the right thing but added the road conditions were not suitable for highway speeds.
"We just want the trucks to drive to the conditions and be mindful of the local residents," Mr Crust said.
Mayor Jones said there was a very serious problem with the road as it was not built to handle the volume of heavy traffic which is using the road to transport road-base for flood repair work and the way some contractors may be using the road.
"We aren't able to control contractors and how they work," Cr Jones said. "Usually council pays drivers on a per hour basis whereas some contractors are paid by the load."
Hughes Gravel manager Daniel Hughes said he didn't believe there was an inherit problem with the drivers, rather the condition of the road was of more concern.
"I have reminded my drivers to do the right thing," Mr Hughes said.
Meanwhile the state member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss waded into the situation and said the bitumen road surface needs to be upgraded to ensure the safety of motorists and an 80kmh speed zone is now in place from Ropehill to past Junction View.
"Rehabilitation work on the road surface should commence within the next few weeks and the major creek crossing works hopefully will be started by early November, 2011," Mr Rickuss said.