Council says no to stop signs

THE Central Highlands Regional Council has once again refused to green-light stop signs on all east-west roads bordered by Egerton, Opal and Harris Sts and Hospital Rd.

At its Monday meeting, councillors voted to review the situation in another six months, believing there was insufficient evidence of a need for them now.

Emerald police members of the Traffic Advisory Group had strongly recommended the $12,600 series of stop signs replacing existing give way signs as a more effective traffic tool.

The measure was first deferred by the council in September last year on the premise of waiting to see what effect installation of traffic lights on Hospital Road would have on local traffic patterns.

“It has had very little effect, but they say there is more traffic (on surrounding roads), said technical services manager Andrew Bullock.

The next set of traffic lights to be installed at the BP corner in Emerald will result in the loss of centre car parking along Clermont St.

Main Roads will install lighting for the off-street car park next to the railway. Bottle brush trees surrounding it will be trimmed to 750mm for better visibility.

The restricted parking space outside Nogoa Newsagency will be removed.

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