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Logan community reeling after two road fatalities in past week

THE Logan community was in mourning on the weekend after two people were killed on the city’s roads in the past week.

Floral tributes were placed on the side of Waterford-Tamborine Rd, near the Anzac Ave intersection for a 22-year-old man, killed on Friday night when his motorcycle collided with a truck just after 9pm.

Logan Village resident Paul Casbolt said road works were under way on the section where the tragedy occurred but were too little too late.

Paul Casbolt. Mr Casbolt, a member of the Logan Country Safe City Group, has been part of a lobby group campaigning for the road to be widened and made safer since 2010. He said his group believed traffic on the road had more than doubled in the past five years since the state approved its Yarrabilba Priority Development Area.

“The volume of traffic coming from Yarrabilba on to Waterford-Tamborine Road is causing huge frustration for motorists,” he said.

“I can’t say that is what caused the death on Friday but I know the added volume is a problem. The road upgrade has taken more than 18 months to get in place and the community was never consulted. For the $40 million the state is spending, we could have had a much better outcome.

The intersection at Logan Village where the motorcyclist was killed.

“There is still a long way to go before the road is adequate and we are concerned there will be another death.” Mr Casbolt said lights were to be installed at the nearby North St roundabout, which was not what the majority of residents wanted. The tragedy at Logan Village followed the death of a 67-year-old woman who was killed while crossing a street in Browns Plains on June 14. Police said the woman’s partner was seriously injured after they were stuck by a black SUV about 7.45am.

The death brought Queensland’s pedestrian fatalities to 16 this year.

It also provoked a push from the Pedestrian Council of Australia to reduce speed limits to be reduced to 30km/h in built-up areas across the state. Browns Plains Road, where the woman was struck yesterday, is a 70km/h road.

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