Opinions divided on Dalby traffic lights
DALBY South State School's P&C committee has attained the final piece to the puzzle in their almost decade-long fight to have lights installed at the Drayton St and Owen St intersection.
Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott this week highlighted his priority areas for work on the Warrego Hwy to Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson.
The Warrego Hwy received $508million for upgrades in the Federal Budget, with $49.3million allocated towards the upgrade from Toowoomba to Miles in the 2014-2015 financial year.
Mr Scott considered the ongoing concerns of the Dalby community and included the long fight for traffic lights in his funding wish list.
"I've met with community for some time now and this is the first opportunity I've had to get this money as a member of new government," Mr Scott said.
"This has been a long standing issue for the P&C and I support their calls."
P&C committee chairman Jen Tunley said the group was elated knowing funding had finally been secured.
"We're excited with the fact that something will finally happen," Mrs Tunley said.
Now funding has been allocated, the future of the project lies in the hands of Queensland Transport and Main Roads who will determine whether traffic lights will be placed at the Owen St intersection or another intersection east of the Charles Drew Bridge.
Mrs Tunley said although the lights at the end of the tunnel were getting closer, the fight still wasn't over.
She consulted the Transport Minister after the announcement of funding.
She hopes the outcome will be in support of the community.
"The government has been considerate of the concerns and needs of the Dalby public," she said.
"Now Main Roads can finalise some of their last bits of planning and make a final decision."
OPINIONS DIVIDED: What Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown had to say
WESTERN Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown welcomes funding for an additional set of traffic lights in Dalby's east, but he doesn't want them on Owen St.
Cr Brown said the council had submitted Drayton St and Orpen St to the Department of Transport and Main Roads as its preferred location for the traffic lights.
"All council wants is a set of traffic lights east of the Myall Ck," he said.
"We will abide by whatever Main Roads' decision is."
Cr Brown said there are a number of intersections of concern where accidents occur.
"There are a lot of other priorities right across Dalby," Cr Brown said.
P&C committee chairman Jen Tunley said positioning the lights at Owen St would be the best option to improve the safety of children and the community as a whole.
"We will have more kids riding and walking and the ones who already do, can do it safely, without playing Russian roulette with their lives every day," Mrs Tunley said.
"The community support is behind Owen St."
Cr Brown said although there was community concern, Main Roads would determine the most suitable location.
"We've got to use correct data and statistics, not emotion," Cr Brown said.
Which intersection in Dalby do you want to see traffic lights go?
This poll ended on 20 June 2014.
Owen St and Drayton St
Orpen St and Drayton St
Myall St and Drayton St
Eileen St and Condamine St
Blaxland Rd and Owen St
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
TRAFFIC lights at the Warrego Hwy and Owen St intersection to improve the safety of Dalby South State School students are at the top of Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott's highway funding wish list.
Mr Scott has secured $508 million to upgrade the Warrego Hwy as a result of community consultation.
"In the 2014-2015 financial year, the Coalition Government has allocated $49.3 million towards the Warrego Highway upgrade from Toowoomba to Miles," Mr Scott said.
"After meeting with Western Downs community members in my electorate, I have made representations to the Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister highlighting priority areas for work."
Mr Scott highlighted eastern upgrades at Dalby, including traffic lights at the Warrego Hwy and Owen St intersection, as a priority area.
The rail intersection with the Warrego Highway at Chinchilla, as well as the need for a pedestrian crossing near the McDonald's Restaurant was also mentioned as a key area for improvement.
Other improvements on top of Mr Scott's Warrego Hwy wish list include pavement widening, lane duplication, additional overtaking lanes and intersection safety upgrades east and west of Dalby and between Chinchilla and Warra.