Major truck route upgrade fuels fear about safety, pollution
WORK will soon start on a $790,000 upgrade to Ogilvie Rd, Depot Rd and East St but fears the increased traffic will drive up safety risks, noise and dust are gaining momentum.
The upgrade will allow B-double trucks that travel from the Emu Vale, Swanfels and Upper Freestone areas to cut from Yangan Rd to the Caltex petrol station on the Cunningham Highway via Ogilvie Rd, Depot Rd and East St.
Depot Rd resident Al Cutmore said the nearby intersection was unsafe and would be made more dangerous if B-doubles were allowed access.
He was the driving force behind an upcoming public meeting between residents and the Southern Downs Regional Council.
Depot and Ogilvie Rds are unsealed "goat tracks" and Mr Cutmore said allowing B-doubles would kick up dust from the road shoulder, spread brake dust and diesel fumes, and bring noise and light pollution.