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Kumbia crossing moved into school zone

The school crossing on the Bunya Hwy in Kumbia has been moved into the 40 km/hr school zone.
The school crossing on the Bunya Hwy in Kumbia has been moved into the 40 km/hr school zone. Will Hunter

A NEW crossing inside the Kumbia school zone has made the Bunya Hwy safer for students.

Kumbia officer-in-charge Senior Constable Adam Entwistle said he identified issues with the old crossing about a year ago, which was situated in the 60 km/hr zone.

"Basically the cars were higher than where the kids were crossing. The condition was also not the best," Snr Const Entwistle said.

"The signage was behind trees, it was faded."

Snr Const Entwistle said the Department of Transport and Main Roads assessed the crossing and determined it was not safe.

The new crossing is now situated inside the 40 km/hr school zone.

"Through DTMR there's some funding that's available for schools zones for safety in school areas, we were able to access some of that, and funding through council," Snr Const Entwistle said.

Stage one of the crossing is now finished, with more work earmarked for the area.

"Stage two will be a permanent structure with raised concrete," Snr Const Entwistle said.

Snr Const Entwistle said the new crossing would raise the visibility of the school zone in Kumbia.

"I've written in excess of 350 tickets in three years in that school zone," he said.

The crossing will operate on school days between 8-9am and 3-3.30pm.

Kumbia State School principal Ross Deards said the school was pleased with the new crossing.

"You can just see how much more visible it is," Mr Deards said.

"People are more aware. That's what we want."

South Burnett

Topics:  bunya highway kumbia state school school crossing


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