Speeding drivers disrupt Oaka Lane



RESIDENTS of Oaka Lane are begging Gladstone City Coun- cil to do something before- speeding motorists injure someone along the residential street.

A petition has been handed to the council demanding ac- tion be taken before it's too late.

'I think they're just waiting for something to happen be- fore they do something,' said petition holder and resident Neci Litonjua.

With the street being open and straight motorists con- stantly exceed the 50 kilometer per hour speed limit, with Ms Litonjua saying some vehicles can get up to nearly 100 kilo- meters per hour.

The residents said the street was used as a short cut on to Coon Street and called for it to be made into a cul de sac, or for traffic calming devices to be installed.

In a letter to the council re- cently residents of the area said children frequently played in the area, with them holding grave fears for their safety.

The council is currently fin- alising plans to narrow the street in order to deal with a drainage problem and believe by bringing in one side of the street by two and half metres, speed limits can also be reduced. However the residents don't agree.

'At the moment if a car comes out there is enough room for them to swerve around us, but if they narrow the street they can't do that,' said another resident Tom Chapman.

Council acting infrastruc- ture services director Ross Paroz said the issue had previ- ously come up before the coun- cil, with a study conducted on the speed of vehicles.

'The speeds recorded were within the acceptable speed limit,' Mr Paroz said.

Mr Paroz admitted even af- ter narrowing the street it would still 'be a fairly wide street'' and said the council would report on other traffic improvements in the future.



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