Malcolm McCarthy is frustrated by the changes to the intersection of Bourbong and Maryborough streets.
Malcolm McCarthy is frustrated by the changes to the intersection of Bourbong and Maryborough streets. Scottie Simmonds

Corner change stumps drivers

CHANGES to the number of turning lanes at the Bourbong and Maryborough Sts intersection has Bundaberg's drivers scratching their heads as they try to make sense of the new set-up.

Recent work by the Department of Transport and Main Roads has seen the loss of a left-turning lane travelling east on Bourbong St, and the loss of a left-turning lane travelling north on Maryborough St.

The NewsMail spoke to a number of people yesterday who were all stumped as to why the changes had been made, because they felt it added to congestion.

Bundaberg East man Malcolm McCarthy said he was completely baffled by the loss of turning lanes.

"Traffic is backing up more and more," he said. "It's a crazy situation."

Mr McCarthy said he could not understand the reasoning behind the changes to the intersection.

"I think it's a waste of money," he said.

Novus Auto Glass manager Trevor McNally said he had not seen the congestion at the corner increase.

"But a lot of people who come in want to know what theory was behind it," he said.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said the changes had been made to improve safety.

"The works significantly improves pedestrian safety and, for the motorist, makes turning left at the intersection faster and safer," she said.

"Previously pedestrians had to cross six lanes of traffic. Now, with only five lanes, it also means reduced wait times for vehicles."



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