Roadworks rage grows with dangerous dips on highway
THE look on Bernard Simpons's face says it all.
It's a combination of two things - anger and worry.
The long-time Calliope resident regularly drives in and out of Gladstone on the Dawson Highway.
Like many residents in the area, Mr Simpson is frustrated about the time it has taken for works to be completed on the stretch of highway near the Brendonna Veterinary Surgery.
About a month ago, his frustration turned to anger when the other side of the road was opened to motorists, revealing two dips within the stretch.
Mr Bernard says it's an accident waiting to happen.
"I'm surprised it hasn't happened yet," he said.
"You watch some of the trucks as they fly through it; they bounce."
Mr Smith said there was not enough warning for motorists about the dips.
"There were signs up for some time but now they're gone," he said.
"Most people fly throughout there at 80-100kmh, no one does the (60kmh) speed limit."
Mr Simpson said that for anyone who wasn't familiar with the road, the dips were very dangerous.
Mr Simpson contacted Main Roads to voice his concerns but said he got no response.
"I think we'd all just like to see it finished," he said.
"It's an accident waiting to happen."
Transport and Main Roads response:
A TRANSPORT and Main Roads representative said the Dawson Hwy and Brendonna Rd intersection upgrade was funded and managed by a private developer as a condition of the development application.
"The design of the new intersection/access had been approved by Transport and Main Roads," the representative said.
"The contractor, engaged by the developer, has removed a section of the existing road surface in preparation for new asphalt surfacing on Monday, December 3."
Transport and Main Roads said reduced speed limits and advisory signage were required for the safety of workers and motorists.
"We will arrange for a further inspection of the works as a matter of priority to ensure the upgrade is being delivered to our requirements."
Transport and Main Roads expected the intersection upgrade to be finished before Christmas.
The Observer also sought comment from the project site manager. He did not want to comment.