Politicians give roundabout nod for intersection
MEMBER for Cook Jason O’Brien and Division 10 councillor Julia Leu have called for a roundabout at the Port Douglas Rd-Captain Cook Highway intersection sooner rather than later.
The conclusion of a safety audit conducted by Michael Ringer from the Department of Main Roads on the intersection recommended short-term solutions such as clearing vegetation and repainting lines on the road.
However, in a Road Safety Traffic and Transport Advisory Committee meeting on September 12, Mr Ringer advocated for a roundabout as a long-term solution.
Mr O’Brien said he is concerned with the department’s time frame.
“My concern is they’re looking at long-term but I think they should be thinking short to medium,” he said.
“A roundabout is obviously the community’s preferred option and is something we should be working towards.
“It is good that Main Roads officers appreciate that’s what needs to be done.
“It’s a state-controlled road so it’s up to the State Government to come up with the funds.
“Sooner or later the traffic volumes will trigger it - we’ve just got to hope no fatalities happen in the meantime.”
Councillor Leu said motorists have waited long enough for a solution to the intersection, which has had 19 vehicle collisions since 2006.
“There have been far too many accidents and that is exactly why there was a petition from residents requesting a roundabout five years ago,” she said.
“The State Government and DMR must give this community an assurance that funds will be committed to a roundabout before there is another accident.”
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