No change to Old Port Rd
TRAFFIC on Old Port Rd will not be reduced or controlled after a report into concerns of residents by Cairns Regional Council was tabled at yesterday’s meeting.
Almost 40 residents signed a petition prepared by Tim and Roz Marks to either reduce or to control traffic flows on Old Port Road, Port Douglas calling for traffic control measures to be implemented.
While councillors yesterday voted unanimously to adopt the petition, there are no plans to implement traffic control measures after inspections by officers from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The DTMR report found 2500 vehicles per day used Old Port Rd on average.
At 85 per cent, the vast majority of these vehicles were cars which travelled an average of 62.5km/h - well above the 50km/h speed limit.
DTMR officers also advised there were no immediate plans to upgrade the intersection of Port Douglas Road and Old Port Road, with engineers finding Port Douglas Road has the design capacity to accommodate 7500 vehicles per day, with present usage at 5,200 vpd when the study was carried out in October.
The DTMR’S webcrash data system shows there have been no recorded crashes on the Old Port Road since 2005.
Council will rely on improvements to signage on Old Port Rd alerting motorists to the correct speed limit and work with police for greater enforcement of speeding offences.