Opinion

Current highway mess a terrible sign for the future

AFTER traversing the goat track that is the Bruce Hwy a little while ago, I've had time to ponder the plentiful roadwork sites along it.

The time was needed to let the trip sink in, otherwise this column would have been splattered with enough expletives to make a granny faint.

There has always been a lot of work happening on the Bruce over the years.

I have no quarrel with the work itself - progress is a positive thing.

My issue lies with the frequent inappropriate use of temporary speed signs and blatant disregard of these signs by the public.

Frustration stems from speed restrictions remaining in place when no works are being undertaken and no signs alerting to the end of roadworks.

Over and over again I have been pincered between what a temporary speed sign dictated and what the prat behind wanted me to do.

In essence, you could be both chronically tailgated and get booked for exceeding the speed limit by more 20kmh at the same time.

Now this unashamed whinge comes with a way forward.

Gladstone is hemmed in on every side by slow-moving construction zones, so I say we come up with a solution.

Personally, I'm an advocate for penalties for contractors who leave signs up once work has completed and contractors having to put contact details on signs so motorists can alert them to any problems with signage.

We know that the Bruce will be undergoing roadworks for the next 10 years.

There's no doubt that it needs it - but perhaps first a thought on helping drivers keep their sanity.

If it's a sign you're looking for, I say it all starts with signs.

Topics:  bruce highway, gladstone, lisa maynard, opinion, road work




7 Gladstone jobs up for grabs right now

There are two jobs up for grabs at Heron Island.

Ever wanted to live and work on an island?

600 Gladstone, Rockhampton locals find jobs in a month

Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer

FRESH signs Gladstone is starting to level out after dramatic fall.

'Evasive action': Qantas landing scare at Gladstone Airport

SLOWDOWN: Passenger numbers at Gladstone Airport are expected fall dramatically in the next 12 months.

A QantasLINK plane diverted on landing

Latest deals and offers

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m