A fatal accident on May 22 at St Helena close to the Pacific Highway junction with Coolamon Scenic Drive.
A fatal accident on May 22 at St Helena close to the Pacific Highway junction with Coolamon Scenic Drive.

Speed check sign up too quickly

A LONG-awaited speed reduction on the Pacific Highway at the deadly junction with Coolamon Scenic Drive is now in doubt.

Signs indicating the introduction of an 80km/h speed limit from Monday on the notorious approaches to the black spot junction on the Pacific Highway at St Helena were ‘premature’ according to the RTA.

Local residents who thought sanity had finally prevailed when the electronic sign appeared last week are dismayed by the back down.

An RTA spokesman confirmed that any plansto introduce a speed limit reduction at the location were still under review.

“No final decision has been made and any electronic message signs that were displayed at thelocation this week were put up prematurely,” he said, but would provide no further comment.

Byron Shire deputy mayor Basil Cameron said it had been almost a year since he had put the request in through the council’s traffic committed.

“I’m completely perplexed,” he said yesterday.

“I thought they understood the dangers and were listening to residents’ concerns.

“I’ve had so many calls from concerned residents, and have personally witnessed many dangerous incidents at the junction.

“Residents are taking their lives in their hands every day.

“You’ve got cars speeding up at the end of the overtaking lane just before the crest of the hill, cars turning left and right in and out of Coolamon Scenic Drive, tourists stopping at the lookout, plus the full flow ofPacific Highway traffic.”

Long-time resident Shirley Hughes, whose house overlooks the junction, said locals dreaded driving out on to the highway.

She said she was hopeful the reduction would still go ahead.

“You can drive out with nothing in sight and have traffic bearing down on you in no time,” Ms Hughes said.



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