Albert & Logan News - September 11 2019
Relief is in sight for long-suffering parents and students at three southside schools where a dangerous intersection has created morning and afternoon misery.
The busy Kruger Rd intersection in front of Carbrook State School, Kimberley College and nearby Calvary College will get traffic lights next year.
The $4.48 million promise by first-term Macalister MP Melissa McMahon was given the thumbs up by principals at two of the schools.
Although nobody has died at the intersection, Mrs McMahon said there were regular reports of crashes and parents were often complaining about dangers turning into and out of Kruger Rd.
The intersection on Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd snarls up as a major peak-time bottleneck at school times.
“This upgrade, which will include widening parts of Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd and putting in the lights is to accommodate the growth of Carbrook State School and Kimberley College and the traffic travelling between the M1 and eastern suburbs,” Mrs McMahon said.
“With more than 1000 students between both schools currently, there has been an uptake in the number of vehicles wanting to use Kruger Rd, including buses.”
Mrs McMahon said the lack of public transport and footpaths to the schools meant many students were dropped off via car.
Kimberley College principal said parents had been pushing for lights for many years and were delighted with the news of the road works.
He said the speed limit on the main Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd was 60km/h and within 500m of the T-intersection was Calvary Christian Collage with more than 700 students, an aged-care facility and a childcare centre.
Further intersection upgrades along Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road are planned for Brindabella St and Riedel Rd, with $4.35 million of work set to start this year to coincide with the $1.5 million Carbrook boat ramp project.
The road works are part of a $2.4 billion, four-year state government roads and transport program.
A further $88,000 will be spent on the intersection of Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd and Brindabella St and Logandale Boulevard.