UPDATE: 'Tight' timline for Harvey Rd traffic lights

UPDATE: COUNCIL will be in a race against the clock to fix Harvey Rd using an adjusted plan.

Traffic lights are now considered the preferred option to replace a dangerous crossing on the road outside Clinton State School.  

Council's director engineering services, Paul Keech, said traffic lights weren't yet a definite plan.  

"We haven't costed the traffic lights and that's the only reason I'm not talking about it very confidently yet," Mr Keech said at this morning's council meeting.  

"Once I've costed it and know where I stand, I'll then be in a position where I can recommend it to council as our preferred option."  

Mr Keech said he'd like to see further public consultation on the amended plan.  

"Usually we go out to talk the public with an idea and something on paper, rather than nothing, and I find that generates more focused discussion," he said.  

"We've now come up with a solution that is remarkably different to what was talked about (initially).  

"In that case I think it's appropriate to go back and run that discussion again and that's what we're proposing to do."  

The crossing at Clinton State School notorious for near-misses, which students will be forced to use regularly if council's proposal is followed through.
The crossing at Clinton State School notorious for near-misses, which students will be forced to use regularly if council's proposal is followed through. Campbell Gellie

He said it would be "pretty tight" trying to complete the work within the financial year and with minimal impact on the school, while allowing for another public consultation.  

"We'd be really pushing hard to get some of the work done during the school holidays.  

"We're trying to stagger the works and make that work, but we're coming very close to the time when I would need to make a start.  

"This all makes the timing very tight but the intention is to go back and check those things off (with the public)."  

Mr Keech said night works would be considered to get the project done sooner and with minimal disruption.  

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He said he was "quietly confident" that if the costs for the project came in as expected, the plan would meet the expectations of the public.   


EARLIER: TODAY the council will vote on the best solution to fix safety and congestion issues on Harvey Rd.

The council has put forward plans for installing a set of traffic lights at the section of road opposite Clinton State School.

The council has set aside $1.5 million to fix the troubled road, which has parents worried sick about their children after school.

Last week The Observer spoke to parents of children at Clinton State school, whose children use the busy road after school.

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One mother, Kerry Berthun, said the number of trucks, speeding drivers, and a lack of signage contributed to the dangers.

"It's havoc and just crazy out there," Ms Berthun said.

"I'm worried about (my boy) but you can only protect children so much."

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