Residents of the Bellvista Estate at Caloundra are up in arms over a proposed change in traffic patterns, according to the Member for Caloundra, Mark McArdle.
He said while he shared their frustration with the amount of traffic being generated in and out of the estate and the fact there was only one ingress and egress, it seems there was even worse to come.
“In the event of a situation where emergency services vehicles may need access and residents are wanting to drive out of the estate at the same time then you can imagine the scenario,” he said.
“To make matters worse a new problem is looming for residents of Old Caloundra Road in the estate. It has been proposed to construct a raised island smack in the middle of the three-way intersection of Bellvista Boulevard and the east and western legs of Old Caloundra Road. This is supposedly going to be an aid to heavy traffic needing to access Bellvista Boulevard during construction of Stage 2 of the estate. How this is going to ease traffic congestion beats me,” he said.
Mr McArdle said the construction of the raised roundabout would mean that residents on the eastern side of Old Caloundra Road – and there were some 230 homes – now would be unable to turn right into Bellvista Boulevard to leave the estate.
“Instead they will need to turn left, negotiate the roundabout further down the Boulevard and then double back to head outbound.”
“Conversely, residents of the western side of Bellvista Boulevard will be unable to turn right into their street. They will also have to carry on south and negotiate the roundabout before doubling back to make a left-hand turn,” he said.
Mr McArdle said rather than ease traffic congestion at this point it seemed to him that it was only going to make it worse.
“Residents agree with me. It’s certainly going to be a busy roundabout on Bellvista Boulevard around school hours as it will have to cope with traffic from the southern part of the estate as well as the double-up traffic from both sides of Old Caloundra Road”, he said.
Mr McArdle said the final decision on the construction of the raised island and the effect on residents rested with the Urban Land Development Authority.
“I am organising a meeting with the CEO of the U.L.D.A to sort this out. Let’s hope sanity prevails”, concluded Mr McArdle.