State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle today joined residents of the Ridgewood Road estate to demand a response from the State Government about installing traffic lights at the dangerous intersection of Ridgewood and Caloundra Roads.
It comes as Mr McArdle and residents have grown concerned by the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ recent “radio silence” on the matter after they advised in December 2017 that feasibility investigations for the much needed traffic lights were expected to be completed by January 2018.
“The last communication that I received from TMR was on 22 December from the District Director stating ‘TMR will write to you and the community again in early 2018 to advise the outcome of the investigations’,” Mr McArdle said.
“I have since written* to TMR on 6 February and again on 21 February requesting an update and have heard nothing.”
Residents first met with the Department of Transport and Main Road representatives in May 2017 at a public forum hosted by Mr McArdle to express their concerns about the dangerous intersection.
The speed limit on Caloundra Road has since been reduced from 80km to 70km per hour but residents say this isn’t enough.
Just last week the Palaszczuk Government invested nearly $1 million to upgrade roads between Coolum and Noosa, with Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey touting it would “save lives and reduce the trauma caused from road crashes” and they were “proud to be part of a government that has such a strong focus on road safety.”
“This battle has gone on long enough. Time and time again the community have voiced their concerns that this intersection is in serious need of traffic signals,” Mr McArdle said.
“Do Palaszczuk and Bailey think these people aren’t worth being included in road safety?
“I am calling on TMR to give these residents traffic lights.”