In­ter­sec­tion de­bate rages

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

TRAF­FIC lights are back on the ta­ble as the State Gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers how to im­prove safety at the Cap­tain Cook High­way and Port Dou­glas Road in­ter­sec­tion.

Mem­ber for Cook David Kemp­ton promised to put a round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion at the top of his list of lo­cal pri­or­i­ties if the LNP won the elec­tion, but the State Gov­ern­ment’s tight purse strings may pre­vent this.

“Of course it al­ways comes down to money and in this case it’s also a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult be­cause the community has let us know that they don’t want traf­fic lights erected,” he said.

“I have been in re­cent dis­cus­sions with Trea­sury fight­ing to get the money needed to get some­thing done at the in­ter­sec­tion, be it lights or a round­about.

“I have been in talks with the Depart­ment of Main Roads and Trans­port - I have had meet­ings with them about the des­per­ate need to fix it and the lat­est meet­ing over this mat­ter was on June 22.

“There are a num­ber of op­tions we can do but I want to make sure which­ever is cho­sen is that it is the right one and Port Dou­glas gets the best value for its money.”

Mr Kemp­ton went to the elec­torate say­ing he had $2 mil­lion but the DMRT has in­di­cated it could cost as much as $5 mil­lion to in­stall a set of lights at the Cap­tain Cook High­way in­ter­sec­tion.

“The big­gest hur­dles are get­ting the de­sign right and get­ting the money from Trea­sury,” Mr Kemp­ton said.

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