UPGRADE: The black line indicates the new barrier fencing to help people visually separate traffic.
UPGRADE: The black line indicates the new barrier fencing to help people visually separate traffic.

Further upgrades at Eight Mile

FLASHING lights and more barrier fencing will be installed at the Eight Mile intersection in coming days.

These safety improvements come a year after the speed limit was reduced from 80km to 60km.

A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said the additional improvements were to further separate the traffic flow.

"The electronic warning signs will be installed for users travelling from Toowoomba to Warwick," she said.

"The majority of the fencing will be completed before Christmas. The whole project will be finished in the new year."

Earlier this year Transport and Main Roads surveyed the intersection to review options of either a roundabout or an overpass as a permeant fix.

"We are still preparing a business case to secure funding for future upgrades," the spokeswoman said.

David Kemp of the Warwick and District Community Road Safety Group said he was pleased with the changes.

"The group had been pushing for these small upgrades," he said.

"Originally Main Roads didn't have those (upgrades) on the plan.

"But anything to create more awareness to save a life is a positive."

Mr Kemp said the speed limit reduction last year had made the intersection safer.

"Police are patrolling the intersection all the time," he said.

"And sadly people are still getting caught speeding.

"It's not that hard to slow down to 60kmh. What's a few extra seconds on your travel if you're being safer on the road?"

Southern Downs Councillor Glyn Rees and former QFRS officer (who attended accidents at the Eight Mile) said he supported any upgrades to the intersection.

"I still have significant concerns regarding the stop sign from the north and the give way sign from the east," he said.

"I have witnessed uncertainty there so many times with motorists hesitant as to who should enter the intersection first.

"It might be clear in some people's minds but it certainly isn't clear to everyone."

Cr Rees said he firmly believed there would be further accidents, injury or even tragedy.

"Some motorists may err interpreting the intersection, some may continue to disregard signage totally... something I see on an almost daily basis," he said.

"People have to take responsibility when approaching the Eight Mile.

"They need to be aware of the tragedies and other incidents and give the intersection attention and respect."

Cr Rees said he felt the speed reduction had been beneficial.

"Speed reductions, additional and improved signage, barrier fencing, flashing lights and other additions to assist with motorist safety can be effective," he said.

"But... only in cooperation with attentive driving."



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