Change needed at deadly Eight Mile intersection
WE'VE had enough.
Action needs to be taken immediately at the Eight Mile.
Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott is prepared to stand in our corner and fight.
"I won't rest until this intersection is fixed," Mr Scott said.
"Something needs to be put into place right now.
"Whether it's a reduced speed limit, rumble strips or big flashing signs.
"Main Roads need to put something into action right now," he said.
Mr Scott said yesterday he again flagged the issue with the shadow cabinet.
"The ball is well and truly rolling and Canberra know it's an issue."
Mr Scott said he stood at the intersection after the last upgrade and felt the money could have been better spent.
"I thought we were going to get a roundabout but the engineers had other ideas," he said.
"It upsets when I go through there to see people speeding.
"It's definitely a major engineering issue and at the time they wanted to keep the traffic flowing freely on the Cunningham Highway which now proves deadly."
The Daily News looked to take the fight to the top yesterday and was unable to receive comment from the Transport Minister Anthony Albanese before printing.
While the region awaits the federal government to commit to funding for an upgrade, a spokeswoman for Transport and Main Roads said planning conducted in the late 1990s included an option for an overpass.
The Daily News requested Transport and Main Roads share the plans created at the time, however they refused because they "wouldn't be relevant anymore."
"Changes in traffic volumes, heavy vehicle usage and types of vehicles using the road over the past ten years or so mean further examination is required," she said.
"There are no plans yet for significant upgrades at this intersection."
AG Licensing owner Andrew Gale said the community won't stand back and see nothing done.
"We won't stand back anymore," Mr Gale said.
"The issue isn't going to go away; we are going to fight until it is fixed.
"We do not want anymore lives lost out there. The human error factor needs to be taken away."
The phones were ringing off the hook in the Daily News office yesterday with locals expressing their concerns.
Killarney resident Buckley Smith said people needed to stop playing with death.
"I've been driving for 50 years - all over the countryside and I've never seen a worse intersection," he said.
"People are dying because they are not stopping and looking.
"Everyone is in such a rush. Maybe traffic lights would work, but I can see better use of $50 000 000 other than an overpass."
Truck driver Gordon McKeen drove between Warwick and Toowoomba for many years.
"I've watched everyone just drive on through the stop sign," he said.
"All it takes is common sense.
"Everyone just needs to adhere to the rules."
What is the solution to the Eight Mile? Is it an overpass? Is it a roundabout? Do we need traffic lights? It's clear it can't stay the way it is.
Don't miss tomorrow's Daily News where we get response from Transport Minister Anthony Albanese.