Traffic review will determine safety of Harvey Rd crossings

A $60,000 review of the Carinya Rd intersection and traffic around the Harvey Road Tavern, Dan Murphy's and Clinton State School will determine if changes need to be made to the two pedestrian crossings on Harvey Rd.

Funding for the review was decided at council's meeting in February, and was a result of ongoing community concerns lodged with Gladstone Regional Council regarding the traffic volume within the area.

Council is upgrading the crossings to comply with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Device standards, which includes a stop line, signage and red-and-white banded posts.

Engineering and Services Portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said the review was listed in council's plan for the 2014-15 financial year.

"Once the pedestrian crossing changes have been implemented as per the MUTCD standards, no further changes will be made to the crossing until the comprehensive review has been undertaken in the near future," he said.

"An audit undertaken in November 1998 stated that the crossings were working well in the current positions, and being located on the crest of the hills provided good sight distance.

"If a new pedestrian crossing was to be installed today, it would be as per the MUTCD standards."

Parents and students this week expressed concern about the crossing, after a recent two-vehicle accident in the area.



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