Bill Trevor criticises state dept
FORMER Isis Shire mayor Bill Trevor has criticised the Department of Transport and Main Roads stance at Wednesday’s coronial inquest into the crash that killed two people.
Kerri Leigh McPherson and Dale Robert Welburn died at the intersection of Lucketts Road and the Bruce Highway in August 2007.
Mr Trevor said Lucketts Road had limited traffic on it until the railway bridge was removed along Goodwood Road and traffic began to use Lucketts Road as a short cut.
He said two businesses on the road petitioned the Isis Shire Council to do something after numerous accidents.
“We responded by widening half the road from the golf course end and, it was our plan to widen the other half, like the Bundaberg Regional Council has done,” he said.
The former mayor said in meetings with Main Roads over a number of years before the crash, the Isis council had requested an upgrade of the intersection to have a dedicated right-hand turning lane into the road from the highway.
The inquest was told a dedicated right-hand turning lane from the highway into the road was constructed after the fatal crash.
“Unfortunately we had the accident and Main Roads is straight back with a meeting with council to install left-hand turn signs,” he said.
Mr Trevor said the left-hand turns could have created “rat-running” on other roads, wrecked the businesses on Lucketts Road and could have put more traffic through Childers.
No crash has happened at the intersection since the right-hand lane had been constructed.