Main Roads reviews speed limit at fatal crash road
THE speed limit on a stretch of road where a Eumundi woman was killed in a fatal crash is being reviewed by the Department of Main Roads and Transport.
A spokeswoman for the department said a review of the stretch of Eumundi Noosa Rd between just north of the roundabout at Strawberry Lane and the northern Eumundi roundabout was expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The section is currently an 80kmh zone.
Work on the review began in June.
"The review was prompted by an enquiry from a member of the public regarding varying speed limits through this section,” the spokeswoman said.
She detailed the review when responding to safety concerns raised by Don Napier Rd resident Lyn Bayfield.
Mrs Bayfield and her husband on Wednesday drove past the scene of a crash which killed a 49-year-old Eumundi woman at the intersection of Eumundi Noosa Rd and Don Napier Rd.
It brought back memories of Mrs Bayfield's own crash at the same intersection four-and-a-half years ago.
Wednesday's fatal crash and Mrs Bayfield's 2012 crash bore similarities in that they occurred when a car waiting to turn right into Don Napier Rd was hit from behind.
The department spokeswoman said every death or serious injury on the road was one too many and road safety was the department's first priority.
"While there are no current plans to upgrade the intersection of Don Napier Rd and Eumundi Noosa Road, Transport and Main Roads officers are undertaking an assessment to determine if any safety improvements can be made.
"Priorities for intersection upgrades are determined by considering several factors such as crash history, traffic volumes, road conditions and visibility.”
She said the intersection had a low crash history, with records showing only two previous crashes causing injury in the past decade, before Wednesday night's crash.
"The intersection of Don Napier Rd with Eumundi Noosa Rd is located along a straight section of road.
"There is very good sight lines for traffic on Eumundi Noosa Rd approaching the intersection.
She said the department had recently installed high standard "Don Napier Road” advance intersection signage on both approaches to the intersection.
"This signage helps to reinforce to through traffic of the approaching intersection and potential for motorists to be slowing to turn into the side street.”