No plans for fatal intersection traffic lights
DESPITE a fatal accident last week and five years of investigations, there are no immediate plans to install traffic lights at the Hanson Road-Yarroon Street intersection.
A Department of Main Roads spokesperson said a study would be done on the notorious intersection (pictured right), but traffic volumes at the intersection did not meet the criteria for traffic signals.
Businesses in the area have renewed calls for traffic lights to avoid any further deaths, with near misses commonplace.
Earle's Paint Place owner Ken Earle said he heard the screech of brakes four or five times a week at the notorious intersection, with poor visibility and speed two contributing factors.
'People look down the street and drive out and next thing, bang, they're hit,' Mr Earle said.
Mr Earle said just yesterday he heard a screech of brakes as two semi-trailers had to lock up their brakes to avoid hitting an elderly man crossing the road.
Gladstone City Councillor Matt Burnett supported Mr Earle, saying that while the intersection was being investigated by the Department of Main Roads, any action was taking too long.
'The thing is that nothing gets done immediately with Main Roads, it always takes time,' Cr Burnett said.
However despite a community perception that the intersection is unsafe, Department of Main Roads figures show it doesn't even rank in the top six most dangerous Main Roads controlled intersections. It is ranked 12th.
The top five intersections in the city are controlled by traffic lights, raising questions about Gladstone motorists' driving habits. The worst six traffic intersections in Gladstone city have resulted in 54 accidents in the past five years.
The intersections are ranked not just on the number of accidents but also on other factors including the type of accident, severity of accident, intersection configuration and traffic volumes.
Glenlyon and Breslin streets come out on top in the list, with Glenlyon and Tank streets and Glenlyon and Bramston streets close behind.
In Calliope Shire, the top six most dangerous intersections have resulted in 34 accidents over the same time period, with the intersection of Bruce and Dawson highways (Calliope Crossroads) ranking as the worst.
In the top six intersections for both Gladstone and Calliope Shire, there have been only two fatal accidents recorded in the past five years, both in recent weeks. No intersections in Miriam Vale have had more than one accident and have not been ranked.