A dangerous Diamond

Cr John Arkan (left) listens to the concerns about traffic problems of Sandy Beach residents Ken Bray, Bluey Menon and Don Johnson.
Cr John Arkan (left) listens to the concerns about traffic problems of Sandy Beach residents Ken Bray, Bluey Menon and Don Johnson. Trevor Veale

AS RESIDENTS awoke to another serious accident on Diamond Head Dr at Sandy Beach last week, they were left asking the serious question – how long will it take before someone dies on this road?

On Sunday, March 13, at about 5am, a 19-year-old female driver hit a power pole between Coral Dr and Mahogany Ave.

The impact of the accident caused extreme front-end damage to the car and it was towed from the scene while the driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The power pole split in the accident and energy crews replaced it early in the week.

The accident confirmed what residents have been complaining about for some years now – particularly the section of road with the dippers between Coral Dr and the highway overpass.

Residents refer to it is as the racetrack and can count eight major incidents in the past five years that have damaged a different power pole, a school bus shelter and a house and fence as well as innumerable smaller incidents.

Three residents, ‘Bluey’ Menon, Don Johnson and Ken Bray, met with Cr John Arkan last week to discuss options to either slow down or divert the traffic into the small seaside village.

“All the traffic has to use this roadway, there is no other way into Sandy Beach.

"It is dangerous now, it is only going to get more dangerous,” Mr Menon said.

“The reality is that as Sandy Beach expands they need to take the traffic into account because they do not adequately serve the people that are already here.

“Council has to make a decision now as a united body before someone gets killed and it is getting closer and closer.

“Everyone talks about it and we are all holding our breath.”

In 2009, the council undertook a survey of the road after a car became airborne off a pancake roundabout and landed in one resident’s home.

The survey found 85% of the traffic was travelling at 61km/h in the 50km/h street.

The result was that additional white lines were painted on the roadway to improve parking and give the illusion of a narrower road to slow the traffic.

At the time it was also resolved to have cost and design estimates for raising the central island on the roundabouts.

Cr John Arkan said he was well aware of the issues and has also pointed out several other roads in the area that were desperate for an upgrade, including Fiddaman Rd at Emerald Beach.

“We need to find the resources to look after the infrastructure,” Cr Arkan said.

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