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Road closure message 10 hours after accident

IS IT crazy to think a $450,000 electronic variable message sign should keep us up to date with immediate road closures and information?

Well, that doesn't seem to be the case when it comes to the sign sitting on top of the hill near the Eight Mile.

As a result of a fatal traffic crash a few kilometres south of Aratula on Thursday night, the Cunningham Highway was closed for 21 hours.

The accident happened about 9pm and it wasn't until 7am on Friday morning an alert appeared on the board at the Eight Mile to notify drivers of the closure.

Crisps Coaches owner Russell Crisp said it was a frustrating day, with buses running an hour or two behind schedule.

"We had an early airport link bus on Friday and they got all the way to the accident before having to turn around and come back and head through Heifer Creek,"he said.

"The trip took five hours instead of two.

"They were very slow to get people informed about the closure."

Mr Crisp said his frustration was continually growing with roadworks all around the region.

"Enough is enough," he said.

"I understand they need to fix the road, but in some places they are going back over what's already been done.

"Why not fix it right in the first place?

"Heifer Creek is only suitable for emergencies but even that road needs some work."

A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said the Toowoomba Traffic Management Centre operated the sign during business hours.

"Outside business hours it is controlled by the state office in Nerang," he said.

"We will conduct a review of the incident management to ensure traffic information is displayed on the Eight Mile VMS when an incident occurs in the future."

The spokesman said during off peak periods, Transport and Main Roads used the sign to promote road safety.

Don't miss tomorrow's Daily News where we catch up with the Warwick and District Road Safety Committee about the issue.

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