Traffic lights to solve problem Glasshouse intersection
A community push for a safer entrance to the Glasshouse Mountains township has brought forward a $3 million traffic lights project.
Member for Glass House Andrew Powell, together with Transport Minister Scott Emerson announced traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Steve Irwin Way and Reed St by mid next year.
Residents have hailed the announcement as a "late Christmas present", 10 years in the making.
A recent push which included articles, flyers and feedback forms helped Mr Powell demonstrate the community's wishes for the vital intersection lighting.
"I don't recall there's been any fatalities at the intersection, but there has certainly been plenty of nose-to-tail crashes and near misses," Mr Powell said.
"It's a terrible intersection and it's only because of the driving knowledge of locals there hasn't been an (a fatal) accident.
"I'm not willing to flirt with that danger any longer that's why there will be a four-way traffic lights installed at the intersection with dedicated left and right turning lanes."
Former Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce president Kel McNamara said the only entrance point to the township, near the visitor information centre, deserved traffic lights.
He said heavy vehicles, such as farming and quarry trucks, often used the intersection to reach the township.
"I'm so proud the Glasshouse community got behind this project in getting it delivered," Mr McNamara said.
"There are 88 other electorates in Queensland looking to chase the meagre dollar that's available so we needed to show that we wanted our share.
"Don't forget as well when the Bruce Hwy is closed for an accident, people use Steve Irwin Way and that leaves us here as prisoners in our community who can't get out and emergency services can't get in. Traffic lights might not stop all accidents, but what it does is lessen the risk."
The preliminary designs for the traffic lights are complete, final designs are due by February and the project is expected to start mid-2015.