Department suggests temporary safety options on Drayton St

UPDATE 6.05PM: TRAFFIC controllers and reduced speed limits are two options being considered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads for the works on Drayton St in Dalby. 

After Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh called for work to be stopped, the department has announced it will be considering options for ensuring pedestrian safety. 

One of the options suggested by the department was having a traffic controller at the intersection of Drayton and Arthur Sts, between 6am and 9pm. 

Another option being considered is reducing the speed limit to 40km/h. 

A spokeswoman for the department said several measures would be considered.

"Our number one priority is the safety of motorists, pedestrians and construction workers," the spokeswoman said.  

"As with any Transport and Main Roads project, strict safety measures are in place. 

"We have also been working with the contractor to implement a road safety campaign at local schools to raise awareness. 

"We will continue to work together with the contractor to ensure safety standards are maintained."

Other options touted by the spokewoman would be additional line-markings and lighting.   


EARLIER: MAYOR Paul McVeigh wants roadworks through the main thoroughfare of Dalby to cease, after a second child was hit by a car in less than a fortnight. 

On Monday a seven-year-old boy was struck by a car and sustained a fractured leg at the intersection of Drayton and Arthur Sts. 

This is the second incident in eight days involving a child being hit by a vehicle at that intersection. 

On Sunday March 4, Dalby boy Shykarn Latham was fatally injured when he was struck by the side of a van after stepping onto the road.  

Cr McVeigh made the announcement to media on Tuesday morning, calling work to be stopped so safety concerns could be addressed. 

"Unfortunately we had another incident on the road where a seven-year-old boy was hit by a car and this is the second incident in eight days," Cr McVeigh said. 

"We are actually calling for construction to stop on site at the moment until we can find a solution so we do not have this incident happening in our community again. 

"We will be talking to main roads (Department of Transport and Main Roads), they are the principal contractor... for this situation."

Cr McVeigh said stopping work on the upgrade of Drayton St would allow all parties to discuss safety concerns in the area, highlighting the proximity of footpaths to Drayton St as one issue. 

"Any incident like this where we have a death or an accident in the community is a concern to everyone involved," Cr McVeigh said. 

"One of the biggest challenges in this is managing the operation of the roadworks and the safety of our community.

"Obviously everyone is working to the book... unfortunately the book is broken and we need to review how we manage both the construction and the safety of our community."

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has been approached for comment.