Politi­cians give round­about nod for in­ter­sec­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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.”

Photo by AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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