It's our Red Spot special
GLADSTONE’S problematic roundabout on the corner of Dawson Highway and Philip Street has placed eleventh of RACQ’s most reported intersections from a Red Spot survey.
The motoring body released its 2010 Red Spot survey results yesterday, sparking comment from Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace that it was well-timed to coincide with the Federal election.
“We know where the Federal Coalition stands on roads because Queensland roads suffered 11 years of neglect under the former Howard government,” he said. However, Mr Wallace’s reaction to the report was criticised by Independent Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham, who said the State Government also had a responsibility to fund an upgrade at the intersection.
Mr Wallace avoided answering questions about state-owned roads in the region during a visit last month.
“I have requested my department analyse the RACQ survey and report back to me,” he said yesterday.
Ms Cunningham said she was not surprised the Gladstone intersection was in the top 20 and she had met with Main Roads regional manager numerous times over the years to discuss solutions.
“It’s getting a design that suits the space and the intersection,” she said. “And that addresses the future growth in vehicle numbers.
“It will require a solution between the State and Federal governments because it will be a high cost project.”
The RACQ survey report outlined the problems, including not enough road capacity and problems with congested turning movements.
The report suggested the solution, including an overpass/tunnel being constructed or the intersection layout being changed.
Ms Cunningham said works to the intersection needed to be done before it reached congestion chaos and before the next population boom in Gladstone, otherwise it would become a death trap.
“It’s a problem intersection,” she said. “It’s as simple as that.”