'Council, fix our intersection'

LOCAL residents are imploring Queanbeyan City Council to fix a notoriously dangerous intersection following another serious crash in Crestwood on Sunday afternoon.

A woman was hospitalised following a two-car collision at the intersection of Morton Street and Richard Avenue at about 4.15pm on July 6.

It is the third crash at that intersection this year with residents reporting other incidents on February 14 and March 21.

Local man Nelson Cox, 73, has lived next to the accident-prone intersection since 1986. He said he has been pushing for a solution for years.

"We have tried for speed humps, we have tried for stop signs, we have tried for anything to slow it down," he said.

"My daughter wrote to the council but they said it had to go through the RMS.

"And of course, we never got a reply."

Another concerned resident, Josephine Stortini, whose childhood house is also next to the intersection, said the answer is simple.

"There needs to be stop signs instead of give way signs and warning signs further up the road to warn motorists to slow down," she said.

"There has been hundreds and hundreds of accidents on this intersection."

"We're all fed up. When you hear a bang, you're too scared to walk out to see what you'll find."

The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) have recorded a total of six crashes in the four years to September 30, 2013. Of the six crashes, three were 'injury crashes' with a total of four people injured.

Currently, there are two 'give way' signs on each side of Richard Avenue. Queanbeyan West Public School is located on one corner of the intersection.

The road falls under the authority of Queanbeyan City Council, and while some residents have suggested council install stop signs, the Local Traffic Committee hsa previously knocked back the idea.

"The local traffic committee did not believe stop signs will reduce the number of accidents at this intersection," a council spokesperson said.

"Stops signs are used when the available sight distance does not meet minimum requirements and this intersection meets sight requirements.

"Council believes other measures are needed to reduce the number of accidents at this intersection."

In light of recent incidents, the council spokesperson said they will apply for black spot funding in the 2015/16 program to help finance modifications to that particular area.

Queanbeyan City Council is currently upgrading another known trouble spot - the intersection at Donald and Southbar Road, Karabar.

A roundabout will replace the three-way stop sign layout of the area.

Work is expected to be finished by the end of the week but the intersection will not be opened until the end of the month to allow time for the concrete to set.

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