Police carry out 'routine' traffic duty

FOR the third day running, police were called to the corner of Wood and Guy Sts to direct morning commuters after the traffic lights malfunctioned.

The officers braved the morning rush for an hour while the Department of Transport and Main Roads waited for an electrical crew to drive out from Toowoomba to repair damaged wiring.

Brendan Burges manages Warwick's Famous Pie that sits atop the intersection and he said it was the fourth time in three days officers had been called to help direct the traffic.

"A work van arrived, they opened up the box and it looks like all they did was flick a switch and the lights started working again."

Despite the timing of the breakdown, Mr Burges said, the interruption had been minimal.

"The police arrived before the morning school rush started and before they got there Wood St had right of way so the drivers treated it like a stop sign."

A spokesman from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads said the electrical fault had been the result of recent extreme weather

"Initial repairs were carried out by a contractor following instances of intermittent flashing over the weekend," the spokesman said.

"The lights continued to flash intermittently during the week and further tests and repairs were carried out to isolate the problem, which was caused by rain, humidity and moisture damage."



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