Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has called on the State Government to be upfront with the residents of Ridgewood Rd and let them know where they stand on a notoriously dangerous intersection.
After years of campaigning on the issue, Ridgewood Rd residents and Mr McArdle were assured in writing by the District Director of Transport and Main Roads that TMR was “investigating the feasibility of traffic signals at the intersection of Ridgewood Rd and Caloundra Rd” with “investigations expected to be completed by early January 2018.”
“It’s now nearly March and despite contacting Main Roads multiple times all we have heard is silence from this Department,” Mr McArdle said.
“I am quite surprised this crucial issue of community safety has fallen on deaf ears when in the past Main Roads have always worked quite well with my office and the local area.
“I’m calling on the Department and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey to be straight with the residents of Caloundra and let them know today what is happening.”
About 300 people rely on the Ridgewood Road and Caloundra Road intersection to come and go from their homes.
Entering or exiting Ridgewood Road can pose significant personal risks to a driver and their passengers, as well as pedestrians and school children attempting to navigate the intersection, as they are required to cross up to four lanes of traffic without the guidance of a traffic light, pedestrian signals or other means of traffic regulation.
Residents have repeatedly voiced their concerns over the notoriously dangerous intersection, with many attending multiple community meetings on the issue in the past over TMR’s plans to prevent vehicles turning right onto Caloundra Rd.
They asked for reduced speed to be considered and traffic signals installed.
Ridgewood Rd resident Greg Walker said the community was waiting anxiously to hear of an outcome.
“We want to know what’s happening,” Mr Walker said.
“At the end of the day there’s due diligence that has to be adhered to, it’s safety first and they’re not playing the game from their end.
“We don’t want to see a life lost there, we want everybody to be able to enter and exit this intersection safely and that’s what it’s all about.
Last year the State Government announced the speed limit on Caloundra Rd between Bellvista Blvd and Bells Creek Arterial Roundabouts would be lowered from 80km/h to 70 km/h and advised they were pleased to announce further investigations into the feasibility for traffic signals were being carried out.
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