Motorists: 'Be patient or be dead'
“BE patient or be dead” would be an appropriate warning to motorists entering, leaving or driving past the Matilda intersection at Kybong, Gympie Region councillors were told yesterday.
Councillor Julie Walker, a recovering vehicle crash victim, told councillors at their Works and Services Committee that people using the intersection will have to be patient and cautious “until we get an overpass or something”.
The slogan she suggested was one possible basis for a warning sign proposed for the intersection, to encourage drivers to take extra care when driving past the notorious accident site.
Councillors resolved to recommend that council staff “liaise with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the management of the Matilda service station to discuss having a sign on the Matilda site warning of the intersection”.
“We’ve asked the question but we haven’t got an answer yet,” committee chairman Larry Friske said.
“I suspect the place is already knee deep in signs.
“We’ve certainly raised this issue. The Transport Workers Union is pursuing it.
“We can only hope that somewhere down the track, Mr (federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony) Albanese will do something about it.”
Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett told the meeting the highway was operating at well over its capacity.
“Complete double-laning of the highway to Gympie is a way they can stop it.
“Funding for the highway is 10 years behind the times.
“The fact that it is so far over capacity shows the point.”
Cr Friske said he did not think anyone would disagree but an immediate solution was needed.
“We need the highway completed through to Curra ASAP but we need a short term solution at Matilda now,” he said.
CEO Ken Mason advised the meeting that it was likely traffic volumes would remain high at Matilda even after the by-pass.
Cr Graham Engeman said that, with Canberra seemingly in election mode, “we need to know what immediate plans the major parties have to relieve the problem”.