Southern Downs Regional Councillor Jamie Mackenzie believes the lethal Eight Mile intersection can be fixed once and for all.
Southern Downs Regional Councillor Jamie Mackenzie believes the lethal Eight Mile intersection can be fixed once and for all.

Roundabout the simple solution to fix Eight Mile?

DECADES on, upgrades later and yet the Eight Mile is still featuring in front page headlines.

To erase the possibility of human error is a roundabout the simple solution we have been after to fix the lethal Eight Mile intersection once and for all?

Southern Downs Regional Councillor Jamie Mackenzie believes it could be.

"As a town planner, I know a very large roundabout like the one at Goondiwindi would work at the Eight Mile," he said.

"Large roundabouts can also agree with heavy vehicles making right-hand turning movements."

Cr Mackenzie said while a roundabout requires more land, it's much cheaper and quicker to construct compared to an overpass.

"A roundabout will also require less maintenance and won't need to be landscaped like an overpass," he said.

"More importantly people can determine which way they need to go before getting to the intersection without any congestion.

"All they would have to do is buy the land on the north-east side, about five acres would be enough."

Cr Mackenzie said in the future Warwick will need a heavy vehicle bypass and it will need to start from the Eight Mile intersection.

"When the time comes there will then be four roads joining together so a roundabout would work," he said.

Local residents seem to agree with many taking to the Daily News Facebook.

Colleen Callaghan said she thinks a roundabout might be a good solution.

"Like the one we have in McEvoy street near the saleyards, semi's use this and have few problems," she said.

"A roundabout would slow all traffic down.

"If there was an accident there is a less likely chance of major damage, injury or death."

Chris McFerran said the intersection is nerve wracking with trucks sweeping around that bend.

"The problem with an overpass is the heavy machinery that is sent out to the mines however a service road could be added and opened for very large machinery," he said.

"That intersection is confusing it really needs to be simplified."

Renée Faithfull said she agreed the intersection is overwhelming.

"Not all drivers are purposefully running the stop signs," she said.

"Some people panic in those situations.

"It's definitely a hazard whether you want to blame the drivers or not."

Senior Traffic and Safety Engineer Gregory Miszkowycz of RACQ said intersection crashes in one of the top three most common on rural highways in Queensland.

"There is a risk of crash at any intersection where traffic is not separated by an overpass of flyover," Mr Miszkowycz said.

"The current Eight Mile intersection is safer than a traditional T-intersection design because drivers only cross a single traffic stream.

"Despite it being relatively safe design, potiental for crashes is higher due to the high volume of traffic travelling through.

"A roundabout or overpass would be a safer option," he said.



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