Variable message signs on the Bruce Highway are working, but haven’t shown many signs of intelligence so far.
Variable message signs on the Bruce Highway are working, but haven’t shown many signs of intelligence so far. Craig Warhurst

Limited signs of intelligence

THE danger of travelling on the Bruce Highway has raised its ugly head once again, says Member for Gympie David Gibson.

This week he asked questions about the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ road safety initiatives in State Parliament.

Mr Gibson told The Gympie Times he was concerned that, despite a reduced speed limit, wire rope barriers and variable, also known as intelligent, message signs, the Cooroy to Curra section of the Bruce Highway remained one of the most dangerous roads in Queensland.

“This long term Labor Government and its bandaid solutions with little stick have scarcely improved the safety of the Bruce Highway,” he said.

“The white elephant in the room is the variable message signs on the highway that have reportedly cost $2.7 million of tax payers’ dollars and have for the better part remained blank since they were installed,” Mr Gibson said.

Community members have raised concerns with Mr Gibson that the signs are not fully operational.

“As a frequent commuter on the Bruce Highway, I can only recall a dismal few times the signs have been in operation. This is unacceptable. We have families being torn apart and lives lost whilst this Labor Government sits idle on infrastructure that is there to be used but isn’t.”

Seeking assurances the signs are in fact functional, Mr Gibson asked a question in Parliament and is now awaiting a response.

“I hope that it is just a case of blowing off the cobwebs and pressing the on button,” he said.

“The alternative is more lives lost and millions more of tax payers’ money being wasted on technology that may not be working.”

This week, the signs were on and displayed a generic “be patient and get to your destination” message.

Earlier this year, the department said the signs were still undergoing calibration.

Gympie Times


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