Crashes lead to roundabouts push

Fire and rescue crews attend to Wednesday afternoon’s crash.
Fire and rescue crews attend to Wednesday afternoon’s crash.

CONSIDERATIONS have been heard for the introduction of at least two new roundabouts at black spots in the Emerald CBD.

The measures come in the wake of yet another traffic crash, this time at the intersection of Anakie and Esmond Sts on Wednesday afternoon.

Spurring the call for action is the change in traffic flow on residential backstreets, as drivers attempt to bypass traffic lights on Hospital Rd.

A recent council report also indicated a general confusion among motorists about how to approach the intersections.

"Increased traffic volumes in general are also evident and with a number of intersections having no control there is an increasing number who are either confused about whether to stop or give way or simply choose not to bother," the report claimed.

"Without formal controls at intersections the Queensland Police Service are less able to effect successful prosecutions." CHRC general manager for infrastructure, assets and public facilities, Bill Turner, suggested temporary provisions be installed to gauge the effectiveness of roundabouts in particular locations.

Removal of vegetation and re-marking of existing lines and marking of new ones would also continue as part of "normal operational work".

The report recommended consideration for the new roundabouts be included as part of capital works budgets for 2013/14 and 2014/15.

No injuries were reported in Wednesday's bingle, which occurred about 3.15pm. The driver of a grey Nissan Patrol in the crash was given a traffic infringement notice by police for failing to give way.

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