Highway intersection ‘safe’
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