MP: Be alert on our pedestrian crossings
NANANGO MP Deb Frecklington is calling for motorists to exercise caution when travelling over the pedestrian crossings on Haly and Kingaroy Sts.
A suggestion of constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Glendon and Haly Sts was recently knocked back by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
In a letter to Ms Frecklington, the department said building a roundabout would require it to purchase and demolish a number of commercial properties in order to make room at the intersection.
Until recently, the department was waiting for input from South Burnett Regional Council regarding the Kingaroy Revitalisation Project before it undertook additional safety measures at the crossing.
These could include moving the pedestrian crossing further along Haly St.
Given the Federal Government knocked back the council application for $2 million in funding for the project, it's unlikely there will be any development at the intersection in the foreseeable future.
This puts the focus back on motorists to pay attention to pedestrians on the crossing.
"It is upsetting that there continues to be accidents and near-misses on the Haly St pedestrian crossing,” Ms Frecklington said.
"That's why I wrote directly to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, asking that more be done to improve safety at the crossing.
"Our safety suggestions and requests were knocked back, including the idea to install a roundabout, due to cost and the need for land resumptions.
"This is disappointing but I think our next option is to work with the community to increase personal safety and responsibility when using pedestrian crossings in general.
"I'd like to see a local campaign to promote crossing safety with both motorists and pedestrians. We need to focus on things like not being distracted by mobile phones, for both motorists and pedestrians, and pedestrians making eye contact with drivers to ensure they have been seen before they cross.
"We need to work to keep each other safe and these are some simple things we can all do to try and prevent accidents at this spot.”