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Workmen clear foliage and bamboo to improve vision yesterday on Goodwood Road at the Doolbi Five Ways.
Workmen clear foliage and bamboo to improve vision yesterday on Goodwood Road at the Doolbi Five Ways. Gary Hutchison

A HORRIFIC crash at the intersection of Lucketts Road and the Bruce Highway near Childers in August 2007 has prompted a decision to take more safety measures in the area.

Dale Robert Welburn and Kerri Leigh McPherson, both 29, were killed in the crash.

In a ruling handed down in May, Coroner Jennifer Batts recommended the intersection be changed to a “left-in, left-out” arrangement.

Bundaberg Regional Council decided at its meeting this week that trucks would be prohibited from using Lucketts Road unless they were servicing properties along it.

It was also decided the speed limit along the whole length of the road should be reduced from 80kmh to 60kmh.

On the other end of the road, council workers have also started removing bamboo and other vegetation from the area near the Doolbi Fiveways.

Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi said the clearing was welcome and would further improve visibility for motorists at the intersection.

“We're pleased this important work is being done, which was part of the overall discussion with the community on ways to improve safety issues relating to the Doolbi Fiveways,” he said.

The council's roads and drainage infrastructure spokesman, Wayne Honor, said visibility would be greatly improved.

“The users of Doolbi Fiveways will now benefit from the improved sight lines provided by the removal of selected bamboo clumps and trees,” he said.

Other safety measures already in place include reducing the speed at the fiveways to 60kmh, flag lighting and new high-visibility yellow reflective pavement markers, which improve the visibility of the intersection at night.

The council will continue talks with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

The preferred highway intersection layout options will be open for public consultation before a decision is made.

Main Roads is also looking at installing a camera at the Doolbi Fiveways to observe traffic behaviour.



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