Going round to access own driveway
FOR the Motley family, entering and leaving their driveway has become a constant source of anxiety and frustration since the upgrade of the roundabout at Walker and Branyan streets in May this year.
“I’ve nearly been wiped out twice and my daughter once coming out of our driveway,” Karen Motley said.
The family’s problem has been caused by the addition of a left turning lane that starts just before their driveway.
Mrs Motley said on Friday morning someone shook their fist at her as they drove down the shoulder of the street as she tried to exit her driveway.
“The abuse is getting a bit bad too. You know you are trying to do the right thing and get abused for it,” she said.
Since the roundabout had been in place, Mrs Motley said they could be waiting at the driveway to exit for minutes on end.
“It depends if you get the nice person to let you in,” she said.
Mrs Motley said it was not uncommon to see cars driving down the road’s shoulder at speed as they entered the turning lane.
“I do think they (the upgrades) have made it dangerous. Cars just fly through it,” she said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Transport and Main Roads said the $1.3 million upgrades were made to improve waiting times and traffic flow, as well as to cater for future population growth.
“Walker Street is a high-volume strategic route in Bundaberg and investing in projects on this road will ensure the department meets the needs of a growing population,” he said.
The spokesperson said the department was aware of a property access concern and would continue to work with the residents.
However, Mrs Motley said the family had had trouble getting in contact with Main Roads and often phone calls were not returned.
The spokesperson encouraged drivers to be take care on Walker Street.
“The department encourages all motorists to review the way they access properties on Walker Street and wait for sufficient gaps, especially when accessing properties located near high traffic volume intersections such as Walker Street and Branyan Street,” he said.
Any drivers who had feedback on state-controlled roads should phone 1300 728 390.