1. EMERGENCY VEHICLES RESPONSE TIMES
The response times of Emergency vehicles coming into and out of Palmview and Glenview from the Bruce Highway would be extended. This places lives and property at serious risk, as every minute counts in an emergency situation. Community safety is also at serious risk in case of fire, flood or mass evacuation of Palmview and Glenview, which could occur in neighbouring reserves, bushland and National Parks.
Two cases in point in the last two months, a burning truck was quickly attended to via emergency services that made excellent use of Exit 190 South to reach the inferno in a timely fashion. The second accident happened in the underpass that links Frizzo Rd to Pignata Rd, the car in question landed in the middle of the two highway bridges. Fortunately no one was killed in either accident. If the single vehicle accident had occurred under the new design things may have gone very differently as there would have been only one road option to reach the vehicle and anyone on the Palmview side of the road would have been trapped.
2. EXIT 190 IS A VITAL LINK
The existing on/off ramps at exit 190 are a vital link for residents, visitors and business people of Palmview and Glenview to access the Bruce Highway in a quick and efficient manner, without delays. Being able to access the Bruce Highway quickly is one of the reasons why many residents and businesses are located at Palmview & Glenview. The majority of current Palmview & Glenview residents use the existing north and southbound on-ramp access, onto the Bruce Highway, when they travel towards Brisbane (south) or towards Gympie (north).
3. LOSS OF CUSTOMERS & REVENUE TO LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS
Customers would be forced to navigate a longer and more difficult route through Tanawha (southbound) or exiting at Caloundra Road and then onto Steve Irwin Way (northbound). This makes it harder for customers to do business with the existing businesses, which means less chance of retention or repeat business, and a certain loss in revenue.
When drivers see a business they wish to visit on a major highway, they immediately look for an exit to take. Closure of these off ramps prevents visitors from making that decision. It is very unlikely that they will double back to Caloundra Road & Steve Irwin Way to access this precinct, travelling south, or exit onto the Sunshine Motorway and double back via the western service road. Upgrades mean an improvement to services, not removing infrastructure that has served the community well for many years, and will continue to do so for many years into the future. There are genuine alternatives to the proposed Draft Plan, and I request that TMR find suitable alternatives that will be acceptable to the communities of Sippy Downs, Glenview and Palmview.
EXIT 190 IS SAVED BY PEOPLE POWER
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