Karen McMaster and Gary Morse from Morse Panel Works at Gracemere say at least one vehicle a week comes in for repairs after an accident on the Capricorn Hwy.
Karen McMaster and Gary Morse from Morse Panel Works at Gracemere say at least one vehicle a week comes in for repairs after an accident on the Capricorn Hwy. Allan Reinikka

Roundabout keeps panel beaters busy

MAIN Roads minister Craig Wallace needs to come to Rockhampton and witness first-hand the traffic congestion at Yeppen roundabout, a local panel beater says.

Gary Morse, owner of Morse Panel Works at Gracemere, yesterday said while the upcoming works at the roundabout would help the congestion, the Capricorn Hwy between the roundabout and Gracemere needed to be four lanes.

He also believed the roundabout should be an overpass with on-off exits. Mr Morse said the majority of accidents were rear-enders at the roundabout, or occurred at the Fairy Bower Rd and Old Capricorn Hwy intersections.

"They've got to do something with the bridge and the roundabout before they do anything," he said.

Mr Morse said once a week, or once a fortnight, he had a customer bring a vehicle in that had been damaged from an accident on the Capricorn Hwy.

And that's only those who took their vehicles to Morse Panel Works.

Karen McMaster, who worked at Morse Panel Works, said some motorists drove too closely behind others, going 80kmh, whether it was an 80kmh zone or a 100kmh zone.

"It's the (road) users."

Mr Morse said with only six officers at the Gracemere Police Station, the increased population at Gracemere, and the increased domestics, the police did not have enough time to patrol the highway and enforce road rules as often as was needed.

Trevor Morse said often motorists travelled too fast down the Old Capricorn Hwy, past the shop, sometimes more than 100kmh when the speed limit was 60kmh.

Once there's an accident there, it congests up very quickly



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