Yangan Road work still up in air

THE Yangan Road intersection is an accident waiting to happen and a solution is nowhere in sight, councillors heard yesterday.

Mayor Ron Bellingham broached the subject in yesterday's Engineering Services committee meeting when he asked the attending Regional Director of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Tony Platz, what would be done to fix the problem at the Yangan Road/highway intersection.

“I know you've constantly canvassed for this and I've heard a number of rumours over the years.

“Has anything progressed from that,” the mayor asked Mr Platz.

The Main Roads director said it was a priority but that the biggest problem was Briggs Street being used as the main entrance to Scots PGC College.

“We need to get rid of that street as the main entrance to the school,” he said. “We've had discussions with Scots over the years about an alternative agreement and it's slowly progressing.”

Cr Ross Bartley said he agreed with the Mayor over the importance of the road.

He said he was amazed at the near-misses he had witnessed.

“I look in horror at that. People don't even know the right time to turn their indicator on.”

Cr Bartley recommended Main Roads put a camera near the intersection. “You'd be surprised at some of the idiots you see there. It would reinforce your argument with Federal Government.”

Mayor Bellingham agreed that Federal Government should be financing improvements.

Warwick Road Safety Group has pinpointed the junction as one of Warwick's worst black spots.

Cr Jo McNally also raised the issue of Freestone Road and East Street where poor visibility was causing huge problems for drivers.

She suggested a traffic study should be done of the area as vehicles often had to go on the other side of the road to get better visibility.

“There's going to be a church on the corner, which will further reduce visibility and may lead to an increase in traffic.”

Cr Ross Bartley asked Mr Platz if a representative from Main Roads would attend Warwick Road Safety Group as he praised it for being “professional” and useful.

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