Roundabout time to take a breath
EDITORIAL: Hervey Bay has traffic. It's hard for me to come to grips with this fact after 30 years away from the Bay.
Apparently it's also hard for other Bay residents, judging by the propensity for accidents at the intersection of Main St and Boat Harbour Dr - and by the outpouring of online reader reaction to the problems at the big, bad roundabout.
"Well what a surprise, a crash at the worst-designed roundabout in Qld ... Just entering the roundabout, you just about put your life at risk ... Anyone who wants some free entertainment should spend a few minutes up at Hungry Jack's overlooking this roundabout ... Roundabouts of this size are good in a small village, not a bustling bit of suburbia."
And so on.
Future - emphasis on the word "future" - road plans might relieve the pressure a bit, but not until next year at the earliest, when Stockland finishes work on the new shopping centre and opens its section of the Urraween distributor. (What a name. Dear Fraser Coast Council, how soon can we start calling it Stirling Dr?)
Until then, drivers at the Bay (me included) need to take a breath, do some road rule revision, be polite and learn to indicate.