POLL: Business case to get Eight Mile on list for funding
NEARLY two years on since the last fatal accident at the infamous Eight Mile intersection, the Labor State Government is set to get the ball rolling on an upgrade.
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey told the Daily News that a business case for an upgrade of the intersection will begin in the second half of this year.
"(The Eight Mile) is something we're quite concerned about so that is why we're putting the case together," Mr Bailey said.
"That will allow us to see what the best solution is.
"There was no previous business case for an upgrade, so that means it could not have been placed on a list to receive funding."
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Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said there was an agreement for an upgrade when the LNP was in power, with the Federal Government to contribute 80% of the funds and the State Government 20%.
While Mr Bailey said he could not commit to the 20% agreement for the new State Government, he said a contribution was likely.
"I don't want to commit to the 20% contribution at this stage simply because we don't know how much money we might be dealing with," he said.
Warwick and District Road Safety Group secretary Andrew Gale said he felt the perception of the intersection was turning.
"August 2013 was the last fatal and people have started to say that there is nothing wrong with the intersection," Mr Gale said.
"But it's still an issue that's got to be addressed - we still see near misses there all the time.
"In my opinion, it's not a matter of if there is another fatal crash there, it's a matter of when.
"The people who say there is nothing wrong with the intersection, I wonder if they would say the same thing if it was someone they know who is involved in the next big accident there.
"A lot of the accidents there have been down to human error, but even if someone runs a stop sign there, they don't deserve to lose their life."