OPINION: Given that I am very new to the Hervey Bay area, no one had warned me about the Urraween and Maryborough Hervey Bay Rds intersection.

While I consider myself quite an independent person, this is one thing I did not want to discover for myself.

Unfortunately, on Thursday morning when I took a detour to work, I found myself lodged between two four-wheel drives, waiting to cross the Urraween and Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rds intersection.

Judging from my experience at 8am, with the cars flying down Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd, drivers waiting on Urraween Rd at peak hour times should expect to be delayed a few minutes before being able to cross.

This black spot has in the past caused more serious issues than just being late to work or school as it is a regular location for crashes.

Last October, the speed limit was dropped from 80kmh to 60kmh but the traffic hold-ups and crashes still happen.

State member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has promised an upgrade to the intersection as part of a $27.8 million spending spree for the area.

For the sake of the mothers with screaming school children in the back seat, and the work-goers who may have slept in a little too long, I hope this road's upgrade is on the top of Mr Sorensen's shopping list.

Two vehicles were involved in the latest crash at the intersection of Urraween Rd and Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd at Urraween on Thursday afternoon.
Two vehicles were involved in the latest crash at the intersection of Urraween Rd and Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd at Urraween on Thursday afternoon. Alistair Brightman

 



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