Wonga road safety au­dit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE MCKIL­LOP

A FULL safety au­dit will be car­ried out by Main Roads to de­ter­mine whether the speed limit should be re­duced on a sec­tion of road at Wonga Beach.

Res­i­dents say the busy stretch past the Wonga ser­vice sta­tion be­tween Mar­lin Drive and the old, pink Queens­lan­der on the Dain­tree-Moss­man Road was ac­ci­dent prone and a safety haz­ard.

Cathy Ford, whose prop­erty is bounded by the main road and Ole­an­der Street, said she was aware of at least five ac­ci­dents, in­clud­ing one ve­hi­cle which had ca­reened into her yard af­ter tak­ing out the fence.

“Don’t ask me how it hap­pens,” the ex­as­per­ated lo­cal res­i­dent told State Mem­ber for Cook Ja­son O’Brien and Main Roads of­fi­cials dur­ing an on­site meet­ing this week. “I’d love to know.”

Mrs Ford said ev­ery day she wit­nessed speed­ing mo­torists dan­ger­ously over­tak­ing other ve­hi­cles and putting at risk lo­cal traf­fic turn­ing in and out of the ser­vice sta­tion, other side roads and in­di­vid­ual drive­ways.

An­other res­i­dent Paul Lu­cas said the prob­lem would only get worse as the vol­ume of traf­fic in­creased at the Wonga in­ter­sec­tion and to and from the Dain­tree ferry cross­ing.

Main Roads act­ing

district man­ager Tony Pot­ter agreed to un­der­take a de­tailed as­sess­ment of whether 100km re­mained an ap­pro­pri­ate speed limit for the con­di­tions.

“Clearly the vol­ume of traf­fic is one fac­tor, through and side traf­fic, as well as es­tab­lish­ing where peo­ple are com­ing in and out and whether there are suf­fi­cient sight lines,” Mr Pot­ter said.

“We have his­tor­i­cal records which would give a fairly good in­di­ca­tion of traf­fic flows but not the amount of ve­hi­cles turn­ing in and out.

“I un­der­stand there are lo­cal sen­si­tiv­i­ties but that also needs to be bal­anced with the po­ten­tial frus­tra­tion of through traf­fic,” he said.

SLOW down: Wonga Beach res­i­dents Cathy Ford and Paul Lu­cas tell Mem­ber for Cook Ja­son O’Brien speed­ing traf­fic is en­dan­ger­ing lives

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