Green light for school safety on the Fraser Coast
TINANA school community is jumping for joy they are getting traffic lights at their intersection.
School principal David Burns is confident it's going to improve safety greatly in the area.
"Our current entrance is somewhat problematic and can be dangerous at peak times," he said.
Mr Burns believes the new lights, which are being installed on the corner of Gympie and Iindah Rds, will contribute to a much safer area for the school.
"The entrance will be reconfigured in a much safer way. They will still enter via Gympie Rd, however the entrance will be moved back some considerable distance from the traffic signals.
"It will assist with traffic flow in and out of our property. It will be just much safer with the signals scheduling traffic flow backwards and forwards on Gympie Rd now which at peak times is problematic now," he said.
He said the reconfiguration of the entrance was in the advanced planning stages.
"I think it will make a big difference to the safety of our circumstance here which I think everyone is very thankful for."
Mr Burns said although the school had not been campaigning for the lights it was through the routine planning process that resulted from the interchange project that the idea came about.
"We had some preliminary discussions with Department of Main Roads around the implications. It was very positive through that planning faze; they were very keen to improve safety around our school".
He admitted there will be more traffic due to the changes in the off ramp from the Bruce Hwy coming onto Iindah Rd.
"Hence the need for signals was a result of that increased traffic there," Mr Burns said.
He was unsure as to when the signals will be installed but said he did know that it was being fast tracked.
The $37 million Tinana Interchange project is expected to be completed by mid 2017.