BETTER ROADS: Elaine Wenham speaks to Lawrence Springborg about her traffic concerns.
BETTER ROADS: Elaine Wenham speaks to Lawrence Springborg about her traffic concerns. Molly Glassey

Our driveway death traps

SANDY Creek Rd residents have continued their plea for road upgrades, in light of Lawrence Springborg’s visit to their deadly turnoff Monday afternoon.

Elaine Wenham was one attendee who voiced not only her concern of the turn off, but every driveway on the Cunningham Hwy.

“I share a driveway,” Mrs Wenham said.

“When we’re turning in and there’s a truck right behind you doing 100, we put our blinkers on, slow down, but they get right up, and will even go over the double lines to overtake.”

She has sent four letters over 15 years to the Department of Main Roads.

“We can’t see trucks coming,” she said.

“Most of the time when you do pull out there is something screaming up the hill anyway.”

She said she and her neighbours experienced countless near misses.

“There have been four deaths and countless accidents on the one kilometre strip,’ she said.

“That should indicate something.”

Shannon Aspinall lives off another driveway down the road from Mrs Wenham.

“I kind of accept we built knowing the road was like that and we can’t expect them to suddenly make infrastructure changes,” Mrs Aspinall said.

“But there are a few thing they could do that would make people more aware.”

Mrs Wenham said the solution for their driveways would be simple.

“A mirror would really help,” she said.

As for the deadly Sandy Creek Rd turnoff, a spokesperson from Queensland Main Roads said no upgrade is underway

“We are investigating safety interventions at the intersection of the Cunningham Highway and Sandy Creek Road at Warwick,” they said.

“Planning for future works at this and other intersections on the Cunningham Highway are being targeted under TMR’s Road Safety program.”

They responded to a public complaint saying a lack of funding put upgrades on the back burner.

“We have included an upgrade for this intersection in our planning for future workings along the Cunningham Highway,” a spokesperson said.

“However, the work is currently unfunded as it is competing with other higher network priorities.”

Mayor Dobie commented.

“Council supports the community’s plea to the State Government,” she said.

“And Mr Springborg’s bid for a safety audit to be undertaken by the Department of Transport and Main Roads as a matter of urgency.”



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