Farmer creates blackspot blockade
A LOCKYER Valley farmer has protested against a dangerous intersection by parking his tractor and plough on a busy road.
Rick Stevens is so concerned about a T-intersection on Gatton-Esk Rd that he blocked the Millers Rd turnoff with his farm machinery bearing a clear message “Death trap ahead”.
“Someone is going to die or get seriously hurt if this road isn't fixed,” Mr Stevens said.
“I drive this road every day and I have seen near-misses quite a few times.”
Mr Stevens said his concern was a blind spot that occurs when a vehicle enters the turning lane into Millers Rd.
“The blind spot can be at least four seconds long and that could mean death for whoever is coming along the road at the time.”
Mr Stevens' protest on a busy Thursday afternoon caused a stir with several people calling police because they felt his behaviour would “cause an accident”.
Police along with Main Roads officials attended the busy intersection after being notified of the concerned resident's actions.
A Main Roads spokesman said inspectors attended the scene “immediately” to ensure motorist's safety was not at risk.
Main Roads officials maintain, even after closer inspection on Thursday, that the intersection complies with required standards.
“Following an inspection of this intersection, it appears some drivers may not be waiting for their visibility to be clear before turning from Millers Rd into Gatton-Esk Rd,” the spokesman said. “All road signage, line markings and additional turning lanes at this intersection comply with required standards.
“As with all roads in the region, we will continue to monitor the intersection to ensure it is safe.”
Mr Stevens said he had previously contacted council, police and local politicians but no-one listened.
“I just want to get people thinking about this road and what can happen if you don't see someone coming,” he said.
“It comes down to the fact that someone could be killed if something isn't done.”