Locals warn lives are at stake unless intersection is fixed
CONCERNED Willowbank residents have warned that loss of life and traffic accidents will continue on a notorious intersection unless action is taken to fix the problem.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has carried out work on the intersection of Cunningham Hwy and Ipswich-Rosewood Rd, but residents say it has created more issues than it has solved.
An accident occurred on the intersection last week due to the alleged deficiencies outlined by Willowbank Area Residents Group president George Hatchman and long-time resident Charmaine Harrold.
A bike lane continues across the intersection from the south past where traffic merges after turning left from the Ipswich-Rosewood Rd onto the highway.
Ms Harrold and Mr Hatchman believe a dedicated merge lane should have been put in place with a bicycle lane beside it.
"There was a merging lane at one stage, but they have removed the merging lane and replaced it with a bicycle lane," Mr Hatchman said.
"There is traffic confusion when they turn left and think it is still a merging lane, but it is not wide enough. Drivers have then either got the choice of putting their wheels over the abbreviated line marking or merging immediately and confusing the traffic coming from the south. The bicycle lane … terminates abruptly at the Warrill Bridge crossing, so it immediately thrusts the bike rider out into two-lane traffic which is quite dangerous. Further up the road they have got a sign saying 'no bicycles on the highway'."
Mr Hatchman said the situation was "a fatality waiting to happen". Ms Harrold has seen people killed on the intersection and is fed up with the situation.
"I am sick and tired of seeing people getting killed because they (the state government) have run out of money," she said. "Money should not be an issue when it comes to a man or a woman's life."
Ms Harrold and Mr Hatchman said the bridge should be widened and a dedicated bicycle lane provided.
Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss has organised a meeting with Main Roads and concerned residents on July 16 to resolve the issue.
"It is an intersection that does have a lot of traffic, especially as the (air force) base continues to increase in size, and I want to make this intersection safe," he said.