Res­i­dent speaks out about hor­ror sec­tion of Shute Har­bour Rd

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@news re­gional­me­dia.com.au

BE­FORE John An­der­son was killed in a head-on crash at Mt Mar­low last month, a nearby res­i­dent pre­dicted the fa­tal­ity.

Ken Steven­son lives on Ri­fle Range Rd and, fol­low­ing an­other crash on the sweep­ing sec­tion of Shute Har­bour Rd on Mon­day, said he had con­tacted the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads and the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil with his grave con­cerns for the safety of mo­torists.

“What are they wait­ing for, some­one else to be killed?” he asked.

On Mon­day a large de­liv­ery truck lost con­trol while trav­el­ling west in the out­side lane in wet con­di­tions. It did a 180-de­gree spin and came to rest on its side in a ditch.

“It’s too slip­pery. We rang Main Roads and coun­cil and they still haven’t done any­thing. We told them be­fore that bloke was killed here that some­one is go­ing to be killed here and that is what hap­pened,” Mr Steven­son said.

“It’s go­ing to hap­pen again too.”

The Whit­sun­day Coun­cil re­sponded by stat­ing the in­ter­sec­tion of Shute Har­bour and Ri­fle Range Rd was un­der the con­trol of the State Gov­ern­ment.

The Depart­ment of Traf­fic and Main Roads said “safety is our high­est pri­or­ity”.

“We have re­ceived feed­back from road users and have un­der­taken in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the in­ter­sec­tion,” a spokesper­son con­firmed.

“Some main­te­nance re­quire­ments were iden­ti­fied and high-pres­sure water blast­ing will be car­ried out within the next month to im­prove road sur­face fric­tion at the site.

“Speed lim­its are the max­i­mum safe speed to drive in ideal con­di­tions. Slow down, dou­ble the dis­tance be­tween you and the car in front and obey road signs. We re­mind drivers to take care when trav­el­ling in wet con­di­tions,” the spokesper­son added.

TMR made no men­tion of resur­fac­ing the road.


AC­TION NEEDED: Ri­fle Range Rd res­i­dent Ken Steven­son says some­thing needs to be done to stop the car­nage at the corner of Ri­fle Range Rd and Shute Har­bour Rd.


CHAOS CORNER: Con­sta­ble Young Kim at­tends the truck crash at the corner of Ri­fle Range Rd and Shute Har­bour Rd.

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