Topics:  bruce highway, department of transport and main roads, gympie, qfrs, residents, road safety, traveston rd

Residents voice plea for direct access and Bruce Hwy safety

Glen Corrie and Carlo Riva not happy about possible emergency service delays.
Glen Corrie and Carlo Riva not happy about possible emergency service delays. Renee Pilcher

IT MUST be a case of "their way or the highway".

But in the case of one group of Traveston Rd residents, their way would, they say, make their stretch of the highway a lot safer.

Carlo Riva and Glen Corrie say they are among seven or eight households placed in some danger by the Main Roads department's plans to close off their street in two places, making emergency access more difficult.

They will still be able to get in and out and they are not complaining about the inevitable disruption that will be caused eventually when the Bruce Hwy cuts through their part of the world.

But in the intervening 10 years or more, they want more direct access for emergency vehicles.

Mr Riva said a crash south of the Traveston Crossing interchange would soon require Queensland Fire and Rescue Service vehicles, which usually come from Cooran, to access the highway at the interchange, head north and then U-turn to get to their destination.

Ambulance and police access from Gympie would also be harder, the residents said.



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