Front row seat to dangerous traffic as near-misses mount
ACTION Auto Group principal Peter Allan has a front row seat to what he describes as one of the most dangerous traffic situations in the region - the Oak St and Bruce Hwy intersection north of Gympie.
Action Auto Group sits on the corner of the intersection and Mr Allan says every week brings a constant stream of near-misses, accidents and horn tooting motorists bubbling with frustration.
Mr Allan said the problem rested in the fact the highway's dual lanes were not extended north of Gympie beyond the last set of traffic lights.
At present, motorists are required to merge into just a single lane of traffic immediately after passing the traffic lights.
"We initially had a meeting with Main Roads talking about lights at the intersection and having four lanes continue over the hill and down to the golf course," he said, "but it just never happened."
Many motorists unfamiliar with the northbound merging situation find themselves in tight situations.
Mr Allan said the room to merge was limited and trucks in particular had difficulties.
"The truckies are doing the right thing staying in the left lane but then have to merge with little time to spare," he said.
"A lot of people in cars don't let them across and you often hear horns being blasted."
Holidaymakers towing caravans also get caught, with some running out of road and encountering a concrete traffic island, forced to come to standstill before trying to fight their way across oncoming traffic.
The Action Auto Group principal said the merging of traffic should take place out near the golf course on a clear stretch of highway. "It needs to be well-signed," he said.
The intersection's woes also continue for those wanting to turn right on to the Bruce Hwy to head north from Oak St.
"It's not a square intersection and another set of lights would improve safety," Mr Allan said.
Mr Allan said a number of his employees had reported near-misses.