Council allocates funds to study heavy Harvey Rd traffic
GLADSTONE Regional Council has put aside $60,000 to study ways to alleviate the traffic crush on Harvey Road, which more than doubled between 2011 and 2012.
The council's traffic advisory committee recently said Harvey Road was becoming a logistical nightmare, especially in peak traffic periods such as pick-up/set-down times for the Clinton State School.
A study conducted over 2011 and 2012 found that traffic peaked at 269 vehicles per hour in 2011, more than doubling to 571 the next year, with a similar jump in numbers on the intersection of Harvey and Dawson roads.
Developments such as the opening of the Harvey Road Tavern, the opening of Dan Murphy's, and the Hillclose residential precinct has only made matters worse.
The council also flagged safety concerns with the entry/exit from the Harvey Road Tavern and Dan Murphy's being so close to the entry/exit of Bunnings and the Dawson Rd roundabout.
There are also a number of crests and dips on the road, raising concerns about visibility.
"The whole length of Harvey Road needs to be looked at. If we do it in the right way and do a study and get input from the hotel and from the sporting groups it's a very good idea," Mayor Gail Sellers said.
The council agreed to put $60,000 into next year's budget to commission a study on ways the road could be made safer, more than likely to be handled by a third party.
It is not known at this stage when any such study would take place, but it is thought the council will soon start drafting a brief for an outside consultancy.