Intersection made safer
RESIDENTS' concern over the dangerous Yarroon Street and Hanson Road intersection may be eased with trialled changes beginning this week.
Drivers will only be able to turn left from the city side of Yarroon Street onto Hanson Road when roadworks are completed this week and trialled until Christmas.
Worry over the intersection peaked after it claimed the life of a 74-year-old motorcyclist and prompted the Department of Main Roads to review the intersection.
Minor changes to the intersection in December left nearby businesses still feeling the junction was unsafe.
Earle's Paint Place proprietor Ken Earle was satisfied the latest changes would improve the safety of the intersection, although he said the businesses still would prefer traffic lights.
"It's going to be a lot safer because they're not going to be crossing it,'' Mr Earle said.
Although the roadworks were not complete, the changes became effective yesterday afternoon and Mr Earle said it led to some confusion among drivers.
"It's been a bit of a shemozzle this afternoon but it will be safer,'' Mr Earle said.
Transport and Main Roads parliamentary secretary Lindy Nelson-Carr said after consulting with businesses, the Gladstone City Council and police, the department had opted to trial these changes and traffic lights were ruled out.
Ms Nelson-Carr said there were already three traffic lights and another would reduce the efficiency of the road, but a U-turn facility only for cars would be provided at the Lord Street intersection.