Wonga road safety audit
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