Intersection debate rages
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.