A notorious stretch of the Bruce Highway near Gin GIn known locally as the Big Dipper where there has been a string of accidents recently.
A notorious stretch of the Bruce Highway near Gin GIn known locally as the Big Dipper where there has been a string of accidents recently. Ron Burgin

Crash victims want urgent action

A NOTORIOUS section of the Bruce Highway will come under scrutiny by the Department of Main Roads and Transport after a horror spate of crashes.

The 10km stretch of road known as the “Big Dipper”, north of Gin Gin, saw 10 crashes in a week during the holiday period — prompting calls from drivers to examine the need for a lower speed limit and increased warning signs.

Blackwater resident Suzanne Rosenberger was an occupant of a vehicle involved in a crash in the area last Sunday.

“There was something slippery on the road and we just hit it,” she said.

“We thought we were going to go over the embankment.”

Instead, Mrs Rosenberger, and her husband shot across the road and smashed into another vehicle.

Mrs Rosenberger said she did not want to see a life lost on that section of highway, located about 12km north of Gin Gin.

“I’m angry that someone might get killed and they haven’t done anything about it,” she said.

She wants to see changes made to the road or the speed lessened along the stretch.

“The yellow 80 signs need to be changed to white signs,” Mrs Rosenberger said.

Last week, police expressed their concern at the crash statistics, with Senior Constable David Shooks describing the spate of rollovers and smashes as the worst he had seen in 18 months based at the Gin Gin station.

But hopes have been raised for a safer future with news that the state government has identified the upgrade of highway, between Carman Road and Back Creek, as a future priority.

Last year, the department submitted a project proposal report to the federal government for the development of the upgrade project.

“Funding is allocated in the department’s 2009-10 to 2013-14 Roads Implementation Program to continue preliminary planning for the upgrade, which is currently under way,” a Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson told the NewsMail.

“Actual construction will be subject to available federal funding and timing is yet to be determined.”

“In light of the recent crashes at the location, the department will undertake an investigation to determine if any additional safety measures are necessary,” the spokesperson said.

“The department will act on any recommendations relating to the safety of the road environment if identified as part of these investigations.”



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