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Intersection a crash waiting to happen

DANGER SIGNS: Jeremy Challacombe on the corner of Spring and Iolanthe streets.
DANGER SIGNS: Jeremy Challacombe on the corner of Spring and Iolanthe streets.

THE Iolanthe St intersection in South Grafton is the worst of the worst, says councillor and Traffic Advisory Committee member Jeremy Challacombe.

"It's a shocker," Cr Challacombe said.

"It's one of the worst intersections I've ever seen - you've got roads going everywhere.

"Probably the only reason why we haven't seen an accident is because it is so bad.

"That said, if we do have an accident, it will be a corker."

Cr Challacombe said a few years ago, Iolanthe St, near the Pacific Highway, ran off to a dirt track and had no build-up.

But due to growth in the area, the situation was just getting worse.

"It gets congested because people are turning into Bunnings, Supercheap Auto, Hungry Jacks and McDonald's," he said.

"I nearly had an accident at the service station on the highway heading north.

"A truck came out of the service station doing a U-turn in front of me."

Cr Challacombe said stress, inexperience or poor knowledge of the area could cause accidents there.

"I can't think of one intersection that is as bad as this.

"All the other intersections are a breeze compared to this one."

Cr Challacombe said, ideally, a big roundabout would solve the confusion and keep the traffic flowing.

He said at the moment there were no plans to solve the Iolanthe St intersection, but he would put the matter to the Traffic Advisory Committee on Tuesday.

Topics:  clarence valley council intersections rms roads



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