Topics:  car crash, clarence valley, council, dangerous roads, death trap, dinjerra road, glenugie, grafton, rain conditions

Dinjerra Rd death trap

Ted and June Northwood and Steve Meredith on Dinjerra Rd.
Ted and June Northwood and Steve Meredith on Dinjerra Rd. Adam Hourigan

FRUSTRATIONS are mounting for residents who live on what is arguably one of the Clarence Valley's worst roads.

With conditions after rain being described as dangerous despite recent grading and drainage work undertaken by council, the 33 families who use Dinjerra Rd, Glenugie to access their homes are wondering what it will take to ensure safety comes first.

"Three cars went off the road last month," resident Steve Meredith said.

In January 2012, concerned residents banded together and wrote to council requesting urgent action be taken.

However, it was only after The Daily Examiner ran a story highlighting the problem (31/3/12) that any action was taken.

"Council graded the road, moving the edges into the middle to shut us up, but next time it rained it was absolutely shocking again," he said.

"Somebody's going to get killed. If they only put some decent gravel on it wouldn't be so bad."

Council's manager of operations Tim Jenkins said a fair bit of work had been undertaken to improve the drainage there.

Yesterday after receiving a call from The Daily Examiner, the manager of operations and a maintenance engineer inspected the road, meeting briefly with Mr Meredith.

"He (Tim Jenkins) seemed quite reasonable when we showed him the problems. He said he was happy to meet with all the residents to discuss what could be done," said Mr Meredith.



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