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




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