Dangerous road needs more than clearing and signage
DEB Frecklington says more needs to be done to make a dangerous South Burnett road safe.
Two separate sections of road near Maidenwell will begin receiving work this week in an effort to improve safety conditions.
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says the state government could do much more to improve the notorious stretch of road.
"There are many State Government managed roads around the South Burnett which need urgent upgrades. I know that many local residents would agree with me that one of the most desperate is the Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Rd,” member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said.
The opposition leader has been fighting to have this particular road fixed for a number of years, but is not convinced the funding assigned to clearing the sides of the roads and the installation of signage is enough.
"The Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Rd is the main connector to the popular Bunya Mountains, yet it remains a dangerous road... There is a lengthy unsealed section, dangerous corners and near misses on this road each and every day,” she said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the work, valued at $123,000, will focus on two sections of Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Road in an effort to create a safer roadside.
"Works will be carried out on a 750-metre section, starting about 2.5 kilometres west of Maidenwell, and a one-kilometre section, starting about 12 kilometres west of Maidenwell,” Mr Bailey said.
Vegetation will be removed in the road corridor to provide a designated clear zone to reduce the risk of accidents, whilst ensuring clearing be kept to a minimum, and a fauna spotter is present to comply with legislative requirements.
"New warning signs will also be installed at select curves to better direct traffic and traffic controllers, single-lane closures and speed restrictions will be in place to ensure the works were carried out safely and efficiently,” Mr Bailey said.
The Maidenwell Bunya-Moutains Rd has claimed the lives of several people over the last few years.
The Safer Roads Sooner program allocates funding on a priority basis to high-benefit, cost-effective projects that address both known and potential high severity crash sites on state-controlled roads.
The Maidenwell Bunya-Mountains Rd work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.