High­way in­ter­sec­tion ‘safe’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THERE will be no round­about or traf­fic lights for the Port Dou­glas and Cap­tain Cook high­way in­ter­sec­tion any­time soon.

The safety au­dit by Main Roads has de­ter­mined there is ad­e­quate vis­i­bil­ity for mo­torists to move safely through the in­ter­sec­tion and only mi­nor changes will be made.

“The re­view con­cluded traf­fic sig­nals or a round­about wouldn’t be suit­able in the short-term due to low traf­fic vol­umes,” a de­part­men­tal spokesper­son said.

“It rec­om­mended re­lo­cat­ing and re­duc­ing the size of the ’keep left’ sign lo­cated on the cen­tre me­dian to fur­ther im­prove vis­i­bil­ity for north­bound ve­hi­cles wait­ing to turn right.

“Road­side veg­e­ta­tion on the south­bound ap­proach to the in­ter­sec­tion will also be cut back to im­prove vis­i­bil­ity for mo­torists ap­proach­ing the in­ter­sec­tion from the north.”

Main Roads said it agreed with the opinion of the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice (QPS) that ac­ci­dents have been due to mo­torists driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion.

The au­dit process in­cluded an anal­y­sis of avail­able road crash data com­piled by Main Roads and QPS since up­grades to the in­ter­sec­tion in 2006.

“Recorded data showed at the time the re­port was com­piled, there had been a to­tal of 13 val­i­dated crashes at this lo­ca­tion, with 11 in­volv­ing a ve­hi­cle turn­ing right into Port Dou­glas Rd col­lid­ing with a south­bound ve­hi­cle on Cap­tain Cook High­way,” the spokesper­son said.

“There is no ev­i­dence to sug­gest these crashes are due to any­thing other than fail­ure to give way.”

Traf­fic data used to com­pile the re­port sug­gest just un­der 5500 ve­hi­cles use the in­ter­sec­tion ev­ery day. What is your re­sponse to the Main Roads re­port? Let us know, www. face­book. com/ PortDou­glasandMoss­man­Gazette

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