The Transport and Main Roads department has confirmed it will investigate works to improve pedestrian safety and visibility in an area of Cleveland Redland Bay Rd where a teen was hit by a car in October.
A spokesman for the department said it would consider vegetation clearing and the installation of additional lighting as well as pedestrian warning signs to improve “sight distance and pedestrian awareness”.
But a proposal put forward by residents for a pedestrian crossing in the area where the teen was struck has been knocked back, with the department advising it “would not provide any significant safety improvements”.
“The Department of Transport and Main Roads has previously undertaken safety improvement works at various locations along Cleveland Redland Bay Rd including upgrades to safety barriers, bus stops, line marking and pedestrian footpaths,” a spokesman said.
“TMR will investigate other works at this location to help improve sight distance and pedestrian awareness including vegetation clearing and the potential installation of additional lighting and pedestrian warning signs.”
Thornlands resident Arun Salim launched a petition after the incident in October calling for the state government to take action on safety issues in the area, asking “how many more hits do we need to get some safety measures?”
He said Cleveland Redland Bay Road was getting busier as more people moved to Thornlands and warned that young school-aged children were particularly vulnerable when crossing the road during peak hour traffic or in darkness.
His petition, posted on Change.org in October, has received about 440 signatures and several comments from the community who have branded the road as “dangerous” and say upgrades are “urgently” required.