No change to Old Port Rd

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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