UPDATE: Council votes in support of Nikenbah intersection motion

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has voted unanimously in support of a motion to write to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to express concerns about the safety of a busy intersection in Hervey Bay.

Fraser Coast councillors have voted unanimously to write to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to express their concern about the safety of the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Chapel Road intersection in Nikenbah. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

Division 9 Councillor David Lee put forward a motion that Council write to the department requesting the speed limit along Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road through the intersection at Chapel Road in Nikenbah be reduced from 100km/hr to 70km/hr.

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“The Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road is a State Government Road. It’s a State Government responsibility to improve the safety of their roads,” Cr Lee said.

“A number of my constituents have expressed their serious concerns about the safety of the intersection. They are astounded that there is a 100km/hr speed limit approach into this dangerous intersection. It is only a matter of time before we have a serious traffic accident,” Cr Lee said.

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“This is an obvious and significant traffic safety risk. Yet the solution to mitigate the risk is simple, effective and inexpensive. Reduce the speed limit on the intersection to 70km/hr.

“If something is not done soon it is only a matter of time before there is a fatality or multiple fatalities at this intersection. The solution is fairly simple. Reduce the speed limit to 70km/hr as you approach the intersection.”

When travelling from Hervey Bay towards Maryborough, the speed limit increases to 100km/hr at the crest of the hill in the vicinity of Scrub Hill Road.

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Fraser Coast residents who responded to a snap poll by Good News Fraser Coast on social media yesterday were divided on the issue

Many people who commented on the post believed reducing the speed limit was the right thing to do to increase the safety of road users through the intersection.

Meanwhile, others said the speed limit should be kept at 100km/hr and that it was the responsibility of motorists joining Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road to do so when it was safe.

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