Accidents are just waiting to happen
IT'S just plain frustrating.
Each morning and afternoon, Karen MacPherson is one of many motorists trapped by an endless stream of vehicles at a busy Redbank Plains intersection.
The mother of two is forced to wait for what seems an eternity at Cedar Rd for a rare break in traffic in order to merge onto Redbank Plains Rd.
"I sometimes sit there for about five minutes, which might not seem long but in that situation can feel like forever," she said.
"That stretch of main road has become so busy it's an absolute nightmare trying to pull out."
Ms MacPherson, 33, said accidents had occurred at the crossroads, perhaps the result of some drivers impatiently trying to merge when they shouldn't.
She is now calling on Ipswich Council to install a set of traffic lights at the intersection.
Ms MacPherson said the lights needed to be put in place to make merging onto the main road not only more convenient, but safer.
The issue of lights at the intersection was recently raised on the QT's Facebook page and was swamped with support for the idea.
"At least a turning lane would be good," Erin McGuire-Sladek said. "That entire section of Redbank Plains Rd needs an overhaul.
"Widening to double lane to handle the volume of traffic brought in by the new estates would be handy too."
Lex Hantley voiced her support, saying "she (Karen) is right, something needs to be done and is already way overdue".
Ipswich Councillor Victor Attwood said the council intended to install traffic signals at the intersection of Redbank Rd and Cedar Rd as part of ICC's Priority Infrastructure Plan.
He said plans included the four-lane upgrade of Redbank Plains Rd between Keidges Rd and School Rd to improve its safety and capacity.
Cr Attwood said construction timing had not yet been confirmed and would depend on city-wide priorities and meeting financial sustainability targets.
He said in the past five years, ICC had made considerable investment in upgrading intersections on Redbank Plains Rd, such as the traffic signals on Redbank Plains Rd and School Rd.