Greg Yarham raised the issue of the Pine and Delacy Sts intersection in North Ipswich as unsafe and vehicle accident prone. The intersection will be upgraded.
Greg Yarham raised the issue of the Pine and Delacy Sts intersection in North Ipswich as unsafe and vehicle accident prone. The intersection will be upgraded. Claudia Baxter

Works get green light

THE accident-plagued intersection of Pine and Delacy sts is to be upgraded late next year, bringing some relief to motorists.

The upgrade comes through the Safer Roads Sooner program which identifies intersections or sections of road with a high crash risk.

For five years Tivoli resident Greg Yarham has driven through the intersection several times a day and witnessed many accidents.

He said the four-way intersection was confusing to motorists and often the stop and give way signs were ignored.

"I don't know whether it is because people coming from Karalee, Karana Downs and the Warrego Hwy don't seem to read the give way sign," he said.

Mr Yarham said the intersection had posed a risk to drivers for many years, and he was cautious when encountering it.

"I've had a couple of near misses myself and I hear of a lot of accidents."

He believes the introduction of traffic lights would solve a lot of the problems.

"People don't see the stop signs and go straight through them."

Mr Yarham has witnessed many accidents over the years, most of them two vehicle crashes.

A Department of Main Roads spokesperson could not give specific details as to what improvements would be made.

"The project is currently going through detailed design, and works are expected to be undertaken in the second half of 2012," the spokesperson said.

Karana Downs Senior Sergeant Kevin Harrigan said the intersection was an area of concern, but only one accident had been reported to police in the previous three months.

"We are aware it is an area of concern. It is one of the areas we try to enforce in the Karana Downs police division," he said.

Sen Sgt Harrigan said accidents were only reported to police if the damage bill exceeded $5000 and if a person was injured.

The Warrego Hwy had 13 reported accidents over the same period of time, Sen Sgt Harrigan said.

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