Pressure mounting on council to make road decision
PRESSURE is mounting on the council to either pave Parksville Dr at New Auckland through to Kirkwood Rd, or come up with a better solution to growing traffic congestion.
More than 5000 people call the suburb home and for those living in the southern end, Skyline Dr is the only access to the main road into the CBD.
Developer Walker Group is looking to move on with the next stage of their development, which would create even more traffic in the area.
The lack of road infrastructure has left the council with few options, and the suggestion of extending Parksville Dr through to Kirkwood Rd has proven controversial.
Mother Miranda Pearce, who lives at Carthurbie Court off Parksville Dr, said built up traffic at the two intersections leading to Kirkwood Rd was becoming dangerous.
She, and other residents, wants Parksville Dr connected through to Kirkwood Rd, an option the council has been considering since at least 2012.
But that has been met with objections from residents on Parksville Dr, who bought their properties with the impression it would remain a quiet cul de sac.
According to Gladstone Regional Council there are 11,000 traffic movements through the Parksville catchment each day.
The council has estimated 20% of those drivers would use the Parksville Dr extension.
Council CEO Stuart Randle said extending Parksville Dr was always "on the cards", although the council has committed to a study to consider other options.
However, they have already purchased the land between Parksville Dr and Kirkwood Rd.
"I understand there are some residents who don't want Parksville Dr extended, but sometimes the council has to square off the benefits to a large group rather than a small affected group," Mr Randle said.
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