News director at The Gladstone Observer Allen Winter.
News director at The Gladstone Observer Allen Winter.

Roadworks just seem to go on forever

IT MAKES one wonder what it is that takes such a long time to upgrade a stretch of road.

Rebecca Danslow's article on Page 3 today is yet another example of a piece of roadwork that has been underway for such a long time that nobody can recall when it started.

It's a bit similar to the Kirkwood and Gladstone Benaraby roads intersection that took months and months to complete.

And it's no real wonder people become frustrated about it.

Add to that the potential dangers of creating a significant dip in the highway with no forewarning and the frustrations just increase.

I drove through the roadworks on Saturday at the prescribed 60kmh and it was just by luck that I noticed the brake lights of the car in front of me that my front bumper didn't bottom out.

As I hurriedly braked I looked around for the warning signs. I found none - not even a 40kmh sign that would have been the minimum to expect.

While this poses a danger to many, there's an even greater danger that our reporter and photographer encountered when visiting the site yesterday, and that was the vast number of vehicles - especially heavy truck and trailer combinations that drove through the site at well above the 60kmh speed limit.

And I recall on Saturday how on both trips across the work area I had vehicles racing up behind me as I travelled along at the prescribed speed.

A roadworks site is a dangerous place for motorists, no matter how well controlled it is, but still motorists drive through them as though there is no tomorrow. We have seen instances in recent times where drivers who have ignored roadworks speed restrictions have caused disastrous crashes.

The answer is: slow down and use your brains.