SIGNS TO REDUCE PALMWOODS RAIL BRIDGE STRIKES
8th October 2021
New and improved signs are being installed in Palmwoods this week to help stop vehicles striking the rail bridge.
Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton said it followed a review of the current warning signs approaching the 3.9-metre-high rail bridge.
"I know trucks and heavy vehicles hitting this bridge has been an issue for the community, so I had requested a review of the signage,” Mr Skelton said.
“The review found the existing signs met the required standards, but we’ve decided to put in extra signage to try and reduce the number of bridge strikes.
“The new signs will be going up on Woombye-Palmwoods Road and Palmwoods-Montville Road on the approaches to the underpass.
“And while we are at it, we are also upgrading the existing warning signs on Chevallum Road and Jubilee Drive to make them better.
"The new signs will create greater awareness and provide advanced notice of the upcoming low clearance, helping drivers detour before they reach the bridge.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to making our roads safer.
“We’re investing almost $1.7 billion over the next four years in road safety projects and programs, toughening drink driving laws, and introducing cameras to target distracted drivers and those speeding in school zones.
“We’ll also be installing similar warning signs in Mooloolah Valley on Neill Road and Eudlo Road approaching the 3.7-metre-high rail underpass.”
Mr Skelton said there were simple measures motorists could take to avoid bridge strikes, which create costly infrastructure damage and delays for others.
“It’s pretty simple, know the height of your vehicle and keep an eye out for signage as you approach bridges and underpasses,” he said.
“If your vehicle is too high, find another way by following the detour signs.
Mr Skelton said TMR was also working to finalise concept designs for proposed pedestrian improvements in Palmwoods.
"We know Palmwoods locals are passionate about their community and we look forward to welcoming their feedback on the proposed improvements in the coming months."