Ramp proves a sticking point
AN all-ability access ramp deemed a safety risk by concerned Yeppoon resident Vicky Malone in last week's Mirror has come under ridicule from other community members.
Vicky was concerned the access ramp near a bend on Adelaide Park Rd was a danger to her family and everyone else who used the busy road.
After reading last week's article, one Yeppoon reader said the new ramp had been an exercise in wasted money.
"I also travel past this corner nearly twice a day and have watched this 'opera house' exercise go on for weeks, and if I was asked how to do this job I would have done it a different way,” he said.
"I live not too far away from this eyesore and council have a problem, there are no footpaths anywhere near this corner.
"To avoid putting a footpath in, we got a very unsafe monstrosity built at ratepayers' expense.”
Another reader, a female motorcyclist, said the structure was a death trap protruding out into what once was clearway road.
"It has been put there for commercial reasons and it will cause a road fatality,” she said.
Vicky said she believed in equal access for everyone, but just because something was compliant it didn't mean it was a good choice.
"I use this road all the time and so do my family and I have been watching as the ramp was constructed,” Vicky said.
"I can't believe the ramp has been built all the way to the white line of the driving lane where it drops like a gutter.
"This leaves no room for driver error, cyclists will have to pull onto the road to get around it and to make matters worse the signage that has been erected protrudes so it is the perfect trap for cyclists and motorbikes that are keeping well to the left of the driving lane.
"Parents with prams, cyclists and people using mobility scooters will have to go out onto a busy road to get around the ramp.”
A Livingstone Shire Council spokesman said the disability access ramp adjacent to Keppel Dental had been designed and constructed to meet Austroads and Disability Discrimination Act requirements.
"The existing traffic lane alignments along Adelaide Park Rd and Normanby St either side of the access ramp consists of a two-lane, two-way road with unsealed shoulders or two-lane, two-way road with adjacent parking lanes,” he said.
"Neither layout of existing traffic lanes provide sufficient width for delineation of a dedicated on-road cycle path and as such no provision exists on the current road.
"Future upgrades of both Adelaide Park Rd and Normanby St, which have been identified in council's Forward Works Program, will consider the needs for either on-road or off-road cycle paths.
"In addition to the works constructed to the design, extra raised reflective pavement markers will be installed on the lane edge line on the western approach to the ramp, and the width hazard marker installed at the site will be changed from a size B to the narrower size A to provide additional clearance from the eastbound lane edge line.
"The narrower size A width hazard marker and extra raised reflective pavement markers were installed at the disability access ramp on Monday.”