CHANGES AHEAD: South Burnett Council will be doing a full review of Haly St.
CHANGES AHEAD: South Burnett Council will be doing a full review of Haly St. Will Hunter

Is this the end for Haly St pedestrian crossing?

A FULL review of Kingaroy's Haly St, including the pedestrian crossing at the Markwell St intersection, will be undertaken and council is confident safety upgrades will be made swiftly.

South Burnett Regional Council's general manager for infrastructure, Aaron Meehan, said he was confident significant changes would be made to the notorious intersection.

"We are going to do a full joint review of Haly St, for the merging of the lanes, George St and the crossings,” Mr Meehan said.

The council and Department of Transport and Main Roads has resolved to make improvements to Haly St between McDonald's and the traffic lights on the corner of Kingaroy St.

This comes after a tragic spate of accidents on the Haly St and Glendon St intersection, including a fatal motorcycle accident in May.

But Mr Meehan said council had a priority to improve potentially dangerous roads regardless of if there had been an accident on them or not.

"Just because someone hasn't been killed due to the road doesn't mean we don't look to improve road safety where we can,” he said.

In the wake of the motorcycle fatality at the Haly St and Glendon St intersection, there have been discussions about turning George St into a one-way street to alleviate the need for motorists to creep out onto Haly St for better vision.

"One of the options for George St is to enter only off Haly St,” Mr Meehan said.

"We are looking at working with main roads and coming up with possible solutions for Haly St to make it more vehicle and pedestrian friendly.”

In previous reviews, the response from Minister for Transport and Main Roads was that no changes were necessary.

But Mr Meehan was confident this review would lead to significant improvements to the Kingaroy intersection.

"Something will happen,” he said.

"We are keen to clean it up.

"Main Roads have indicated they are quite happy to work with us in this space.”

While there have been numerous accidents and near-misses on the Haly St, Glendon St intersection, Mr Meehan said the review had to be guided by evidence not opinions.

"Everyone has an opinion about what should happen,” he said.

"The biggest thing is you want evidence-based decisions.

"Some of the issues that we see with Haly St is not actually relating to the crossing. There are probably some other factors that need to be addressed.”

There has been a lot of public opinion about improving the pedestrian crossing, but Mr Meehan said council was considering getting rid of it altogether.

"One of the options which would replace that is the possibility of medians with pedestrian refuges,” Mr Meehan said.

Mr Meehan assured business owners nothing would be done without prior consultation with those who may be affected.

"Installing those sorts of things has an impact on businesses,” Mr Meehan said.

"Whatever changes we make to the pedestrian crossings impacts on the car parking and that's why we have a bit of consultation.”

South Burnett


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