Lorrainne Hanson at the Byangum Road roundabout.
Lorrainne Hanson at the Byangum Road roundabout. John Gass

Blind spots at roundabout a risk

MURWILLUMBAH residents are concerned a five-way roundabout on Byangum Road could become an accident black spot, and Lorrainne Hanson has had enough.

Ms Hanson has been involved in three near-misses on the notorious roundabout.

“They need to slow people down. There’s going to be a terrible accident one day,” she said.

“The first time I was in a taxi. He had to slam on the breaks and I went flying across the taxi and pulled all the muscles in my legs.

“The second time I jolted my back out.”

The roundabout joins Byangum Road, Williams Street, Myrtle Street and Prince Street.

Ms Hanson believes the fence on the corner of Byangum Road and William Street prevents visibility from both directions.

“You just can’t see around that corner,” Ms Hanson said.

“They need to pull that fence down or put in some speed bumps.”

A spokesman for Tweed Shire Council said the roundabout was devised as the best solution to the difficult configuration of the roads and the fence was necessary to meet minimum swimming pool fence height requirements.

Road safety officer Ray Clark said drivers needed to slow down and give way to vehicles already on the roundabout.

“Council has recently installed raised pavement markers on Byangum Road approaching the roundabout to narrow the travel lane to encourage lower vehicle-approach speeds,” Mr Clark said.

“Council will request up-to-date crash data at the new roundabout from police and, if required, further remedial works will be considered.”



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