Simple solution to fix notoriously dangerous road
A ROUNDABOUT at a notoriously dangerous intersection could solve a lot of accidents, Lockyer MP Jim McDonald believes.
The former Laidley cop-turned-MP was outraged that the intersection at Forest Hill-Fernvale Road and Gatton-Laidley Road had changed yet again.
The intersection involved a slip lane, which confused many motorists, and has since been made into a T-intersection.
“The disappointing thing for me is that it’s a problem intersection with another Band-Aid fix,” Mr McDonald said.
In a statement obtained by the Gatton Star earlier this year, a transport department representative said there had been a high number of nose-to-tail crashes at the intersection.
In April 2017, the intersection was upgraded to include a left-turn slip lane, and since then, three accidents have been reported there.
When Mr McDonald met with business owners at the intersection, he witnessed three near- misses.
His solution is a roundabout.
“Roundabouts aren’t the solution to everything, but it is viable for this situation,” he said.
“We want to fix it for once and for all, (with) a shared ownership of the problem and a shared solution.”
He said the “temporary changes” had confused motorists, and many did not understand give-way rules.
“If you showed a picture of that intersection to people, there would be 20 per cent that don’t get it right,” Mr McDonald said.
“And that’s looking at it on a piece of paper, not driving up to it when you’re in a dynamic environment and facing those immediate decisions.”
Mr McDonald hoped to know the outcome of his lobbying within a matter of weeks.
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