Several BeCA Management Committee members met with local MP Mark McArdle and residents from Berkey Place this morning to discuss plans which would divert Berkey Place residents south into Bellvista Blvd before they can access Caloundra Rd. A slip lane has been proposed near Bellcarra Place which would enable Berkey Place residents to do a u-turn and be able to access Caloundra Rd. This would mean widening Bellvista Blvd to allow an extra lane either way and enable Berkey Place residents to complete a u-turn.
Tony Goldsmith runs a towing business and the caravan park on Berkey Place. He believes neither his heavy haulage vehicles or caravans would be able to successfully complete a u-turn under this proposal. When he first proposed his caravan park he had to carry out extensive roadworks to satisfy SCRC requirements that caravans and heavy haulage vehicles could safely access his caravan park. Caravans and heavy haulage trucks will now need to travel down Bellvista Blvd to the roundabout with Dumbarton Drive to safely access Caloundra Rd.
Concern was expressed over heavy traffic during school pick and drop off times. There may be line of sight issues as well with the proposed Bellvista Blvd slip lane to run from about 50 metres north and 40 metres south of the intersection with Bellcarra Place.
Tony Goldsmith discussed some alternatives with Mark McArdle, namely access to Caloundra Rd via a short new road to the east of the Caloundra Rd/Bellvista Blvd roundabout and a short loop road for Old Caloundra Rd residents to the west of the roundabout.
The photos below show the line of site issues regarding the siting of the proposed ‘slip lane’. The photo to the left shows where the slip lane will begin and the photo to the right shows the line of sight motorists would have when attempting a u-turn from the new slip lane. Click on either photo for a larger view.