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Barolin upgrade turning concern

A COUNCILLOR has raised concerns about construction works at Barolin St saying the current plan to stop motorists turning right in and out of Ruddell, McConville and Watson Sts could create further traffic woes.
A COUNCILLOR has raised concerns about construction works at Barolin St saying the current plan to stop motorists turning right in and out of Ruddell, McConville and Watson Sts could create further traffic woes. Iain Curry

A COUNCILLOR has raised concerns about construction works at Barolin St saying the current plan to stop motorists turning right in and out of Ruddell, McConville and Watson Sts could create further traffic woes.

The proposed works, which will see central median strips constructed in the middle of Barolin St, was approved at yesterday's Bundaberg Regional Council ordinary meeting, despite Division 4 councillor Vince Habermann saying stopping drivers turning right could be a potential traffic hazard.

The works were approved after stage one works came in under budget, allowing funds to be reallocated to complete additional works sooner than anticipated.

But some residents have acknowledged while the changes may cause some inconvenience, their main concern was safety and they felt stopping right hand turns would fix a lot of the issues.

But Cr Habermann said he had spoken to a number of residents in Ruddell, McConville and Watson Sts who had "grave concerns" about accessing their homes.

"Access on the west side would be via Maryborough St which is already congested," he said.

But the council roads and drainage spokesman Tony Ricciardi said with funding for the upgrade being provided through Blackspot and Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme, safety was the main priority.

A number of Ruddell St residents also voiced their support for the changes, including Faye Dixon who has lived in the street for 30 years.

"It is very dangerous when cars are trying to turn right," she said.

"When I learnt to drive, we were taught to wait behind cars, but now drivers aren't patient and they drive around - but there's no room."

Mrs Dixon said while she had no doubt the changes would take some getting used to, she was prepared to take a slightly longer route if it led to safer roads.

Wayne Swallow has lived in the street for four years and said the majority of crashes occurred when cars waiting to turn right were hit from behind.

"I've seen that many accidents, and some of them have been bad ones," he said

"Some of the near misses I've seen would make your toes curl."

Topics:  blackspot road works



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