Lockyer motorists want their roads fixed now

WITHCOTT residents and Lockyer Valley council members are calling for the federal and state governments to fix a deadly part of the Warrego Hwy after a recent "terrifying accident".

Withcott student Emily Kilah, 14, was recently struck by a car and suffered a compound leg fracture while trying to cross the busy highway.

Emily's mother Leonie Kilah said the accident was due to the negligence of Main Roads and the government.

"This is something residents have been trying to prevent for years," Ms Kilah said.

Lockyer Valley councillor Janice Holstein said council had been trying to get the State Government to put a pedestrian crossing and safe vehicle access at the Withcott intersection for 10 years now.

"State Government won't lift a finger," she said.

"Do we have to wait until someone is killed?"

The late Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones tried to lobby the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) for an overpass or traffic lights.

In a statement, TMR said they were planning a review of the Withcott intersection, but only once the second range crossing was complete.

Councillors said it was not good enough.

"I'm devastated to think that it will take a loss of a life for someone to do something," Lockyer Valley Mayor Tanya Milligan said.

TMR has committed to installing vehicle activated speed signs on the east bound lanes of the Warrego Hwy by the end of July.

LVRC has raised a number concerns with the Minister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey, about road safety of the Warrego Hwy intersections in the Lockyer Valley.

TMR has proposed to undertake some road safety improvements in the short term.



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