Road change criticised

NOT HAPPY: A group of residents are worried about the changes to Welsby Parade. Photo Lucy Cantori / Caboolture News
NOT HAPPY: A group of residents are worried about the changes to Welsby Parade. Photo Lucy Cantori / Caboolture News Lucy Cantori

THE construction and upgrade of the intersection at Welsby Pde and Kangaroo Ave has begun and left several residents shaking their heads.

The proposed changes include three new pedestrian crossings, raising the intersection on a plateau and the planting of shade trees.

Bongaree local Gaye Donnellan said a group of residents was worried about the effect the changes would have on traffic.

"I nearly had a heart attack when I saw what they were doing," she said.

"Instead of one pedestrian crossing they're putting in four. One before the intersection then one across Kangaroo Ave then one just over the intersection.

"We expected a roundabout, not four pedestrian crossings."

Ms Donnellan believed the slowed traffic flow would be a problem.

"When we've got buses, trucks, ambulances, caravans and hundreds of people who come over the bridge and along the water - the intersection is just a disaster waiting to happen," she said.

"It'll just be stopping and starting worse than it is now."

Ms Donnellan said she was not against change but thought the council could have approached the changes differently.

"They should have had a serious look at it, opened it up for more discussion and asked more people what could be done," she said.

"I'm all for progress if it'sgoing to fix the problem but I can't see that happening."

Division one councillor Gary Parsons believed the changes were suited to the area.

"The upgrade of the intersection of Welsby Pde and Kangaroo Ave will create a pedestrian and motor vehicle environment that's similar to many other foreshore areas up and down the Queensland coast," he said.

"Like many foreshore areas, particularly during summer, this is a high traffic area for pedestrians.

"The upgrade will deliver more pedestrian crossing options and a safer traffic environment for all road users."

The upgrade should be completed in nine weeks.

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