Signs needed to alert drivers about changes to Victoria Point intersection, says motorist

A VICTORIA Point resident says signs are urgently needed to alert motorists to lane changes at a Cleveland-Redland Bay intersection at Victoria Point.

Hayley Cook said that a vehicle turning wide had nearly crashed into her after a second lane on Bunker Road was changed into a right-turning lane for motorists head southbound on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road, as well as a straight-through lane.

"I had to hit the brakes and pray that no one ran up the back of me," she said.

"Signage is desperately needed. Motorists need to be made aware. They are not mind readers. There will be an accident if signage is not erected."

Another motorist said she had been cut off by a car while driving in the new lane. She said that she had slammed on brakes and been told by the other driver that her lane was only for going straight ahead.

Ms Cook said she feared that construction workers building the Victoria Point bus station near the intersection could be injured if a car in the left lane was forced off the road.

"There is little to nowhere to go, no shoulder, no guttering and a 50-centimetre-plus drop as the whole left side is excavated for the bus station work," she said.

Another motorist said on social media that he had seen three near misses and a crash due to the road not being wide enough for two lanes to make the turn safely.

Ms Cook said the extra turning lane was a great idea but there was a lack of information or signage about the changed traffic conditions.

"Apparently everyone is just meant to know that the outside lane is now a turning lane by the arrows painted on the road which would be covered up by traffic waiting at the lights," she said.

"Why would people look for updated arrows in the lane beside them if they don't know they have been updated?

"That lane has been a straight-ahead-only lane for as long as the road has existed so people in the right-hand turning lane assume they can turn wide or go into the left lane to turn into shops without checking or giving it a second thought."

Ms Cook said she had raised her concerns with Redlands MP Kim Richards' office and was told by a staff member that it would take some time for drivers to realise that there are new arrows painted on the road and changes made.

"That's fine but to get used to it people need to be made aware of it first," Ms Cook said.

A Transport and Main Roads Department spokesperson said that they had been monitoring the changes.

"(We) will install signs indicating changed traffic conditions this week," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the changes were made to reduce congestion at the intersection and minimise queues extending beyond the existing dedicated right-hand lane.