Crash raises roundabout concerns

THE roundabout at Suttor Street and Bradwardine Road is fast becoming a hot spot for car crashes, and needs to be reviewed, says business owner Lachlan Sullivan.

CRASH: Lachlan Sullivan, pictured in front of the Suttor Street roundabout, with the remains of a light pole which was flattened in a crash involving two vehicles on Tuesday.

CRASH: Lachlan Sullivan, pictured in front of the Suttor Street roundabout, with the remains of a light pole which was flattened in a crash involving two vehicles on Tuesday.

Mr Sullivan, who owns nearby Westpoint Newsagency, said there have been two big hits in the past two weeks, one of which took out a light pole last Tuesday, and closed Suttor Street for a short time.

Mr Sullivan, who first raised the issue with council about two years ago, said there are a number of reasons why the roundabout has been problematic.

Firstly the approaches to different lanes of the roundabout have varying speed limits and ironically the fact the road has such a long line of vision, means motorists are less likely to slow down on their approach.

Mr Sullivan said a ‘bucket load’ of trees in the area would help by providing a visual block, and encourage motorists to use more caution as they approach.

The tree block will eventually happen when the Living Legends tree mature, but in the mean time, the issue remains.

Mr Sullivan said he suspects the roundabout would have the worst crash rate of all roundabouts in the city, and recalls there have been around 10 crashes in the past 12 months.

He said he first raised the issue with council two years ago, and council did a review of the area at that stage.

Following the review Mr Sullivan said they put in additional yellow line dividers and painted the road surface.

“That was designed to slow people down a bit but it hasn’t worked, so what’s next?

“They have to come up with something to try and slow the traffic down.” 

A spokesperson for Bathurst Regional Council said the statistics on minor crashes are not recorded by police so accurate figures for the roundabout are difficult to gauge.

Mayor of Bathurst Graeme Hanger, said the roundabout on Bradwardine Road and Suttor Street is built to current Austroads safety standards and is not listed as a black spot.

“My message to drivers is to slow down when approaching roundabouts  and to practise general road safety precautions such as take extra care whenever you drive in a roundabout.”

 “Look out for vehicles that are making a full turn.”

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