Speed limit drop at crash magnet
DRIVERS and residents have welcomed the reduction in speed limit to 80kmh for a nightmare stretch of the Bruce Highway.
After 14 crashes and stories in the NewsMail calling for action at the “Big Dipper”, north of Gin Gin, Main Roads have installed new speed signs while long-term investigations for the section of road take place.
Blackwater resident Suzanne Rosenberger, who was involved in a crash just after Christmas, was pleased with the move.
“In wet weather that’s what needs to happen with that road – people need to slow down,” she said.
Gin Gin resident Greg Benstead said the signage was positive, but he was worried it may not be enough.
“It’s a bit like putting a band-aid on a broken leg,” he said.
Mr Benstead said people using the road should also take responsibility.
“If there is any criticism, it is the bad drivers. You have a privilege to drive to the conditions of the road,” he said.
Gin Gin police Senior Constable Tim Marrinan said police had been working with the Department of Main Roads to make the road safer.
“The section between Carmans Road and Monduran-Rosedale Road is now 80kmh,” he said.
Snr Const Marrinan urged drivers to be careful even when travelling the new speed limit.
“Every crash is a potential fatal crash, especially with all the trees in the area,” he said.
Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace said officers were investigating the road to determine if any extra safety measures were needed.
“The investigation could take several months, but may be shorter depending on the availability of the external specialist equipment required,” he said.
Mr Wallace said “high crash zone” signage would be installed in the area.
“The signage is currently being manufactured and will be installed by the end of January, weather permitting,” he said.
It’s a bit like putting a band-aid on a broken legGin Gin resident Greg Benstead