Lights back on commmittee agendas

THE issue of traffic lights has again flashed its head on to the agenda of local committees, but this time it seems a roundabout could be the likely result.

Whitsunday Way chairman, Peter Jennings said the upcoming Links Living development had stated it prefered roundabouts, and had the support of Main Roads, at this stage.

But Mr Jennings remained cautious.

"You never know how things can change - everyone is wishing for roundabouts, but whether that's what you get in the end depends," Mr Jennings said.

"Many people would like to see intersections as roundabouts, but Main Roads is saying the roundabouts will fail in 10 years time in some instances, and that council will then be up for a lot of money - possibly a million dollars - to change it to traffic lights."

"Why a roundabout would fail is a mystery to all of us, but Main Roads is claiming there will be too much traffic coming into the road from each side of the Whitsunday Way, but I can't see that happening."

Mr Jennings said many other towns which had roundabouts had a lot more traffic than Airlie Beach, such as the roundabout at Caneland Central at Mackay.

Meanwhile, Main Roads is liaising with a consultancy company to determine where roundabouts and lights should be placed in Cannonvale.

It will approach council with recommendations once the study is complete.

"... Council has a no traffic lights policy in Cannonvale, so it's up to the council to fight and ensure they have roundabouts instead of traffic lights and not be persuaded about what may happen in the future," Mr Jennings said.


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