Council considers desperate measures for notorious site

A file shot of the road near Palmers Channel Bridge. Council is seeking a reduc- tion in the speed limit at the site.
A file shot of the road near Palmers Channel Bridge. Council is seeking a reduc- tion in the speed limit at the site.

EVERY time it rains, tow truck drivers on the Lower Clarence get ready to head to the Palmers Channel Bridge to clear vehicles from a notorious accident black spot.

Erecting warning signs, improving the road surface and other measures have failed to stop an average of one accident a month at the site, so now the Clarence Valley Council is considering more desperate measures.

At its first ordinary meeting in Maclean today, council will consider a recommendation from its traffic advisory committee that the Roads and Traffic Authority be asked to review the speed limit at the site.

In a report to council, project services manager Jaco Maree said the number of accidents at the site had increased substantially since improvements had been made to other sections of the road.

He said advanced warning signs had been erected, but their effect on motorists was 'debateable'.

"Accidents still occur and the general observation is that the arrangements did not have any effect on the occurence of accidents," he said.

Mr Maree said it was mostly locals who came to grief on the corner, and doubted further warning signs would have any impact.

"The upgrading of the corners at the pump house and River Road intersections created a false presumption with the local motorist that this bend can be negotiated at the same approach speeds that the others, which is not the case," he said.

He asked council to keep in mind that the design speed for the corner was 75kmh, but the speed restrictions did not match the design speed. He said it would have little impact on the time taken for travel between Maclean and Yamba.

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