Craig Warhurst

No sign of funding for notorious intersection

FUNDING to upgrade the Alice and Richmond streets intersection has not been hastened after yet another crash at the notorious corner.

The area is well-known and after a spate of smashes in October the Department of Transport and Main Roads told the Chronicle the intersection had been nominated for funding in next year's state budget.

But regular crashes at the intersection have not sped up the upgrade process.

A spokeswoman for TMR said safety was the department's top priority.

"The intersection is controlled by stop signs on both Richmond St approaches, and motorists should always come to a complete stop," she said.

"The infrastructure upgrades that will be part of the 2016/17 Safer Roads Sooner program will be announced next year."

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said he was aware how dangerous the intersection was.

"I have spoken to the Minister's office about it," he said.

"I talked about how dangerous the intersection was."

Mr Saunders said on one occasion he had his own close call at the intersection.

He said he had also spent some time inspecting the intersection and observing the traffic.



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