Teething problems at Gympie’s new John Street-Mount Pleasant Road traffic lights will soon be resolved.
Teething problems at Gympie’s new John Street-Mount Pleasant Road traffic lights will soon be resolved. Renee Pilcher

Traffic issues to be resolved

THE saga of traffic issues at Gympie’s John Street-Mount Pleasant Road intersection looks set to continue, but not for much longer.

The intersection has been subject to safety complaints over its mix of slow John Street traffic with potentially higher speed Mount Pleasant Road traffic.

There also are suggestions it is inadequate given the presence of a major welfare organisation’s Gympie headquarters and Gympie Regional Council’s John Street works depot.

Other concerns relate to the railway bridge over John Street and the accident potential posed by its low level and the support structure which divides the already narrow road in two.

Now, council attempts to mitigate the problems with new traffic lights have motorists complaining that the lights are not co-ordinated with those up the hill, near the Mount Pleasant Hotel.

This means the lights delay motorists at each set of lights and sometimes will not let them through until there are cars waiting to get across from another direction.

However, a council spokesperson said yesterday the problems were not permanent and should be resolved “hopefully in the next fortnight”.

“They still need to be fine-tuned,” the spokesperson said.

“The Main Roads Department has the contract to get them working. There are still no vehicle detectors installed and there is a lot of work to get them to work efficiently.

“Sometimes lights are put in and then have to be adjusted according to problems with vehicles queuing.

“The lights there won’t have any queuing problems, but we do have to get the timing right.

“At busier intersections such as Excelsior, there is a camera so that Main Roads in Maroochydore can make regular adjustments according to traffic flow,” he said.

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