Anger at prolonged traffic hazard on Bromelton House Road

ENOUGH: Pauline Frieberg and her sister Ann Paine are among locals fed up with the temporary lights. Photos: Larraine Sathicq
ENOUGH: Pauline Frieberg and her sister Ann Paine are among locals fed up with the temporary lights. Photos: Larraine Sathicq

PEOPLE living or travelling on Bromelton House Road at Beaudesert are fed up with the temporary traffic lights installed after the road was damaged in last year’s heavy rains.

Bromelton resident Glenys Stephan said the lights are not just an inconvenience but also dangerous – and they have been there far too long.

“People are so fed up with the lights that some are starting to ignore them,” she said.

“I have often been stopped there and cars have overtaken me, running the lights in an area where you can’t really see what’s coming around the corner,” she said.

“We are concerned about the situation because running the lights at that spot is dangerous and could end up in a serious accident.”

Ms Stephan said there were heavy vehicles using the road, which was probably causing even more damage.

“There are so many trucks on that road that should probably be using the bypass,” she said.

“It should have been high up on council’s priority list – they have had long enough to fix it, it’s such a busy road and should not be just left like that.”

Residents say there is no way for drivers running the lights to see what is coming around the corner.

Residents say there is no way for drivers running the lights to see what is coming around the corner.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the road is one of many in need of repair.

“Like many other roads across the Scenic Rim, Bromelton House Road sustained damage as a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie last year,” he said.

“As a region, we have 1800 kilometres of road to maintain and more than 500 kilometres of our road network was damaged during last year's flood event.

“Since then, we have been working through a systematic program to rectify this while carrying out our normal maintenance program across the region.

“I appreciate that, for many, the pace of restoration might seem slow but since April last year we have increased our capacity from three to seven repair crews, along with two contract crews from time to time.

“However, we still have a major task ahead of us.

“Works are currently underway at multiple sites on Bromelton House road to repair these associated pavement failures. 

“Council has undertaken immediate repairs to a culvert on the southern end of Bromelton House Road and we are working on a solution to reinstate two lanes of traffic in the near future.”

Long time Bromelton resident Pauline Frieberg said she was surprised the road was not on the list of immediate repairs.

“After cyclone Debbie, they put a barrier up and then installed the lights, so it was one of the first road repairs to be started but they have done nothing since,” she said.

“I drive on that road every day to and from work and because it’s on a timer, you sometimes sit there for 10 minutes or so waiting for it to change.

“It’s too long for that little bit of road.

“It is dangerous when people go through the red light but what also happens is, drivers see the light is green from a distance and then speed up to try and get through before it turns red.

“I was here for five minutes this morning and saw a B-double and garbage truck just drive straight through the red light.

“Those lights have been there long enough and I just think they should fix the road.

“If they are not going to fix it maybe they could put a give way sign there instead of the lights.”

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