TIGHT TURNING: Tweed Heads West resident Terri Bradley is concerned buses are struggling to manoeuvre the new roundabout at the intersection of Lakes and Gollan Drives.
TIGHT TURNING: Tweed Heads West resident Terri Bradley is concerned buses are struggling to manoeuvre the new roundabout at the intersection of Lakes and Gollan Drives. Scott Powick

West Tweed ‘crash corner’ to be fixed

THE safety of a new roundabout built to prevent traffic accidents along busy Gollan Drive at Tweed Heads West has been questioned by locals.

Tweed Shire Council recently completed the construction of a $223,000 roundabout at the intersection of Gollan and Lakes Drives at West Tweed, where 10 crashes have occurred in the past five years, including four injury crashes.

In 70% of these crashes, a driver failed to give way to the right.

To accommodate the roundabout, the bus stop on Gollan Drive, at the top of the T-intersection, has been moved 65 metres south to Clarrie Englert Park.

But resident Terri Bradley said she was concerned buses were struggling to manoeuvre the tight turning circle of at the new roundabout.

"It was only this week I saw that it's harder for buses to get around the roundabout," Ms Bradley said.

"That will mean there will be more accidents there now."

She said the roundabout should never have been built.

"If people couldn't negotiate the turning lane they shouldn't be driving," Ms Bradley said.

But a council spokes- person said the council had not received any complaints about the roundabout.

"A flyer outlining the project and the traffic impacts it would have was distributed to all residents in close proximity of the work-site prior to the project start," the spokesperson said.

Stage 3 of the $9 million Kennedy Drive upgrade is expected to begin on April 4. It is due for completion by the end of August.

It's hoped the upgrade will increase road safety, reduce incidents with overhead power poles, impact of high water levels and road noise. Motorists can avoid Kennedy Dr by using Bilambil Dr and Terranora Rd.

The approximate $9 million upgrade has been jointly funded by Tweed Shire Council, the Australian Government and the NSW Government and been delivered in stages to reduce the impact on residents and motorists in this highly constrained work environment.



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