Speed slowed at bridge crash spot
MEMBER for Hinkler Paul Neville has vowed to continue the fight for a new Isis River Bridge after the government yesterday reduced the speed limit on the horror stretch to 80kmh.
Main Roads minister Craig Wallace said the one kilometre long speed reduction zone, 10km south of Childers, would include the northern and southern approaches to the notorious Bruce Highway crash magnet.
But Mr Neville said it was an example of Labor “desperately seeking wriggle room” and he demanded the project be fast-tracked.
He said, by dropping the speed limit, Labor had acknowledged building a new bridge was a matter of life and death.
“We all know the bridge and its approaches are dangerous and dropping the speed limit is proof of that,” he said.
Mr Wallace said funding was allocated to carry out planning for a higher and wider bridge and improved approaches, but he could not provide a date for construction.
“The actual construction of the replacement bridge will be subject to available federal funding and timing is yet to be determined,” he said.
Mr Neville was unimpressed.
“The upgrade was promised by Labor back in 2007, and to have a minister use tricky language about when the job will be done is dead-set appalling,” he said.
“That is something the wider community simply will not tolerate.
“I simply will not let them backslide on this project.”
The NewsMail’s sister newspaper, the Isis Town & Country, launched a petition calling for the upgrade to be fast-tracked after a string of accidents at the spot. The petition has more than 1700 signatures.
Mr Wallace said the decision to reduce the speed limit followed the recent crashes, “feedback from the community” and a subsequent review by the department.
Warning signs advising motorists they are entering a high-crash zone will be erected.
People have until January 29, to sign the petition.
Copies are at the Town and Country’s Churchill Street office, Foodworks, the Isis Pharmacy, Retravision and Woolworths.