High-crash intersection to receive upgrade

A YEAR after residents called for something to be done at the high-crash intersection of Petersens Rd and Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd, the government has announced an upgrade.

That intersection was one of three Fraser Coast roads to be reviewed by the State Government.

In April last year, resident Reg O'Neil said he was fed up with running down his driveway to help crash victims.

The former truck driver has lived there for seven years and said he regularly held his breath when he heard dramatic noises.

The intersection has a 100kmh approach and can be difficult to negotiate for heavy or slow vehicles.

The government review suggested lowering the 100kmh speed limit through the "high crash zone" intersection.

However, an infrastructure upgrade was expected to be completed by December this year to provide protection for turning vehicles - so the 100kmh zone remains.

At the intersection of Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd and Urraween Rd the limit has been reduced from 80kmh to 60kmh due to it being a high-crash zone.

That 60kmh zone will extend from Urraween Rd into the existing zone at Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd.

The report also noted the Urraween Rd intersection "may eventually be a candidate for an upgrade with traffic signals".

Motorists will also notice a change approaching Tiaro northbound on the Bruce Hwy.

The review recommended removing the existing 80kmh buffer zone on approach to Tiaro and replacing it with 60kmh ahead signs, removing one speed zone change.

Heading south, the review found the existing 80kmh speed zone could be extended into the existing 60kmh zone to about 170m south of the intersection with Jacobsen Rd.

Topics:  changes crash fraser coasr regional council limit maryborough speed urraween rd

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