Lee Duffield

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Bellbowrie to get pedestrian crossing


Busy Moggill Road. Source: Kate Boston

After more than a decade of campaigning and many serious accidents, a pedestrian crossing has finally been approved for a dangerous stretch of road in Brisbane’s west.

The construction of a $2.5 million crossing linking Moggill and Birkin Roads will begin in August and is scheduled for completion in December, according to the Department of Main Roads.

The decision comes almost two years after a 16 year old international student died while trying to cross the busy road at night.

Bellbowrie Community Association President John Belchamber is pleased to see the crossing finally approved, especially considering the potential for growth in the area.

“The crossing is an excellent addition to the area given the increasing levels of traffic using the road and the high levels of young families and elderly people crossing the road.”

“We hope to see Bellbowrie Plaza become a community hub where people can go to relax and enjoy each other’s company and a safe and easy pedestrian access will be an important ingredient in achieving this,” he said.

Over 700 locals signed a petition supporting the crossing but not all are happy to see the crossing get the green light.

Long term resident Samuel Edwards is concerned the crossing’s proximity to a bus stop and the local shops may increase traffic congestion.

“As someone who uses the road every day, I’m not really in favour of traffic lights there because it may increase time taken to travel to work,” he said.

“Although I can see why it’s necessary because with cars travelling at 60 kilometres an hour and with the width of the road, it can be a dangerous crossing.”

Residents should receive letters concerning the nature of the road works by the end of August.