Cutting crashes on Crofton

By Kate Wilson

IN the three years Veronica Kyle has worked at BeeMart Fruit and Vegetable store she has seen 28 car crashes on the intersection of Maryborough and Crofton streets.

Twice during her lunch breaks, she has helped push cars off the road after an accident in the place that Bundaberg City Council has nominated for black spot funding.

Ms Kyle said she agreed with the move because the BeeMart staff were always hearing the sound of crashes.

"The last one happened last week - a car ended up spinning 360 degrees," Ms Kyle said.

"Most of the time the accidents are caused by people coming out of Crofton Street."

BeeMart manager Mark Elliott said the width of the intersection and speeding drivers caused problems.

"I have seen a lot of near misses, people can't make it across in time," he said.

"Really, a set of traffic lights is the only solution."

The Bee Mart staff are not alone in wanting the intersection altered.

Bundy's Pet Superstore shop assistant Lauren James said accidents usually occurred mid-morning.

"There is probably an accident happening every couple of weeks," Ms James said. "We just keep hearing the bangs."

Bundaberg Mayor Kay McDuff said council nominated the intersection after police data showed it had a high number of incidents.

"It is a fairly difficult crossing, one that we have identified as a problem," Cr McDuff said.

"We have applied for federal funding to address the problem."

Cr McDuff said the council also decided at its latest meeting to make provisions in the 2007-08 budget to investigate upgrades at three other problem areas.

The intersection of Eastgate and Scotland streets and the intersection of Maynard and Enterprise streets were identified as areas needing work.

The council will also include provisions in the budget to investigate work in Barolin Street, between Walker and George streets.

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