‘Fix it or face a fatal’: Warwick intersection danger
ANOTHER crash at a troublesome Warwick intersection has prompted calls for a fix before it turns fatal, but experts deny there is a problem.
Warwick Road Safety group member and driving instructor Andrew Gale said something had to be done before someone was killed at the corner of Wood and Albion Sts.
A woman was last week taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision at the site.
Mr Gale said drivers used the intersection incorrectly every day.
The former policeman said he had personally witnessed three crashes at the intersection and had himself been involved in near-misses with drivers who did not know how to navigate the corner properly.
Both lanes can turn right onto Wood St but Mr Gale said often drivers in the right-hand lane crossed lanes as they took the corner, cutting off - or colliding with - the other driver.
"It scares the hell out of me going around that outside line," he said.
"I live in Palmerin St, so it's stupid for me to be in the right-hand lane, but if someone is inside me I am hanging back to see what they do. If there is a car into a power pole, the pole usually stays there.
"One day we are going to have a small car into that power pole and a mutli-fatality."
Mr Gale said it was incomprehensible the intersection would not be fixed, despite evidence of many crashes.
"That intersection has been upgraded with black spot funding in the past - it is considered a black spot and we still can't get the funding we need to get it done," he said. "Do we need a fatality? The potential is phenomonal."
Over the past three or four years, Mr Gale and other members of the road safety group have worked to get the corner fixed.
He said the Department of Transport and Main Roads didn't share his concern.
"Every time we go to them with a perceived problem, they say we don't have any accidents at that intersection, but we constantly have injury accidents," he said.
"I just hope we can get something done there before we see something more than a person carted away in an ambulance.
"We need to bite the bullet and get better overhead signage - the other option is painting on the road but people don't look down there, they are more likely to see it overhead.
"It will cost money but everything costs money; bridges cost money, hospitals cost money - it is about prioritising the money."
A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said the intersection had a low crash history with only two recorded injury crashes in the past five years.
"While there are no current plans for upgrades at this intersection, routine maintenance of the road surface, traffic signals and line marking will continue," she said.
"This intersection complies with current standards. The turning markings on the road at this intersection correctly guide drivers to turn into the appropriate lane."
In evalutating a spot for work, the spokeswoman said factors considered included traffic volumes, crash history, and the type of vehicle using the intersection.