Member for Glass House Andrew Powell has expressed his disappointment upon hearing that the Department of Transport and Main Roads has no plans to return Beerburrum Road to its former 100km/h speed limit.
In late 2019, the Department undertook resurfacing and overlay works on approximately 1.3 kilometres of Beerburrum Road, between Eaton Road and Steve Irwin Way. To improve safety during this time, they temporarily reduced the speed limit to 80km/hr.
“I understand the need to drop the speed limit during roadworks, it’s standard practice” said Mr Powell.
“What I don’t understand is why the speed is still 80km/hr when there are absolutely no roadworks going on.”
After realising that the damage to the road was extensive and could not be fixed by a simple resurface, the Department have decided to regroup and investigate a more extensive pavement treatment for this section of the road.
“While they’re sitting in an office far away from Beerburrum, thinking about what to do next, I have locals frustrated that they have to do 80km/hr on this road that is still capable of handling 100km/hr”
“What I would like to see is the speed limit raised back to 100km/hr until the next phase of roadworks begins. There’s no point to maintain the reduced limit while there are no workers or equipment on the road.”
“I would also like to see the road resurfaced as a regional priority. It is a key connecting road between Caboolture and Glasshouse, as well as the smaller towns in between such as Elimbah and Beerburrum”
The Department of Transport and Main Roads have stated that any future improvements on Beerburrum Road will be subject to competing state-wide priorities and available funding.
“I don’t want Glass House roads to miss out because the Department doesn’t see them as enough of a priority. I know they are, and local road users know they are.”
“It isn’t good enough to have substandard roads in a part of Queensland that attracts a high volume of tourists. We need to be able to show off the region, and that includes having great roads” concluded Mr Powell.
Ends 21 May 2020