Warwick ‘Death corner’ meets its match
AS a crowd of Sandy Creek Rd residents met with Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg to discuss their notorious turn off, a cyclist rode past.
“What? Are you waiting to get hit by a truck,” she yelled at the crowd.
It’s a daily reality for those who face the blackspot when venturing on to the Cunningham Hwy.
Wendy Schelbach has lived on Sandy Creek Rd for 47 years.
“I indicate way back on the highway since the incident,” she said, referring to, the tragic death of 88-year-old Ivy Little who was killed at the intersection earlier this year.
“It doesn’t take much to dig a hole, grab a stop sign from the shed and put it up.”
Mr Springborg spoke with residents of the area about their near-misses and experiences with the intersection.
“Ten years ago my wife came out of the turn off,” Gerry Roche said.
“She was hit and the boot of her car went right into the back of the driver’s seat.”
The residents’ concerns revolved around the turn-off’s lack of signage and the narrow passing lane on the Cunningham Hwy.
“The width of the passing lane is nothing,” Wayne Cottee said.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a B-double or a cattle truck; if they’re behind you, they’ll take you out.
“And to make things worse, there’s a lot more traffic than there was ten years ago.”
Mr Springborg listened to the concerns, not before answering the overhanging question of why a member from Main Roads Queensland was not in attendance.
“I invited them about a week and a half ago, ” Mr Springborg said.
“In saying that, they said they would be interested to hear in our feedback.”
When contacted, the department of Main Roads said they wouldn’t be able to comment immediately, but would get back to us.
Mr Springborg acknowledged the Sandy Creek Road turn off equired resolution, and would follow up the problem.
“It’s obviously a design issue, and that requires a design solution,” Mr Springborg said.
“I’d like to see Queensland Main Roads do a safety audit.”
Elaine Wenham said it was not just the Sandy Creek Turn off that required an audit, but driveways along the Cunningham Hwy.
“In winter, I have to wind down my car windows to hear if there are trucks coming because I can’t see them,” she said.
“It’s a death corner.”