Buxton's Bruce Highway intersection still dangerous
BUXTON resident Merv Hopton has called for more work to be done to upgrade the Bruce Hwy at the Buxton Rd intersection.
In a letter sent to the NewsMail and Town & Country, Mr Hopton takes aim at the intersection, citing the speed limit, heavy usage and poor lighting as reasons why it should be upgraded.
The letter came after a story was printed in the NewsMail on April 22 about Burnett MP Stephen Bennett helping to organise a petition for the Davidson and Bundaberg-Bargara Rd intersection at Bargara after a crash left resident Phil Elvery with a serious injury.
He questioned the motives of Mr Bennett and asked if all voters had equal value.
Mr Hopton said Mr Burnett, Hinkler MP Keith Pitt and others had been well aware of the problem.
"This section of road carries every bit of traffic that flows north and south," Mr Hopton said.
"We have huge trucks, army convoys and a whole range of other vehicles.
"People now complain that they have to slow down to 80 for this section, and it is still not safe, because people still speed through, or use turning lanes as passing lanes. It is also what I regard as poorly lit at night."
Mr Bennett said Mr Hopton had "raised a number of safety concerns" over many years and congratulated the Buxton resident for being proactive.
The Burnett MP said he took the concerns seriously and advocated for safety upgrades.
"I took Mr Hopton's concerns seriously and advocated for safety upgrades at this intersection through TMR, including a reduction in the speed limit and highlighted his concerns over poor lighting," Mr Bennett said.
"This intersection was the focus of a safety assessment, which resulted in a speed reduction from 100kmh down to 80kmh, along with an additional street light by the road - two of the main issues Mr Hopton raised concerns about.
"I acknowledge Mr Hopton may not be content, but it should be remembered that intersection has been assessed several times by the traffic advisory committee.
"I would encourage people to take caution when approaching this intersection if they have any concerns and of course drive to conditions."
Mr Hopton questioned whether Mr Bennett was "grandstanding to improve his much damaged vote in higher populated areas" and called on him to do a petition for the intersection to show "he has no bias".
Mr Bennett said he was happy to help, but said it may be better for individuals to start the petition and to contact his office for further support.
"Individuals can also start a petition which may be better in this case," he said.
"I am aware of potential petition fatigue, especially when this issue has been reviewed several times by the traffic advisory committee."