Development stalls on road ruling

THE intersection of Wood and Albion Sts does not need widening says the Department of Traffic and Main Roads, despite asking a business owner to foot the bill for a similar project.

The department is in the midst of a tug-of-war with Criterion Hotel owner Tony Prentice, who owns the former service station at the corner of Wood and Wallace Sts.

As reported in May, Mr Prentice applied to refurbish the empty building and turn it into a bottle shop and another retail store, but his plans were halted by conditions from Main Roads.

The department argued the turn onto Wallace St would need widening to cater for the excess traffic and said Mr Prentice would have to pay for the works.

Mr Prentice had said he would not be able to afford such a project, but was happy to offer the land at no price.

The Daily News asked the department its thoughts on a similar turn from Wood onto Albion St, and whether it would need widening also, to which a spokesman responded it would not.

“We have no plans to widen the Wood and Albion Sts intersection at this time but will continue to monitor traffic conditions at the site,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman added Mr Prentice had recently been in contact with the department, which had reaffirmed the conditions for the application.

“The conditions that were placed on the development application for the Wood and Wallace streets location were in line with the traffic study that was commissioned by Mr Prentice showing that traffic mitigation works were necessary,” the spokesman said.

“The traffic study was provided to the department as part of the development application.

Conditions can be placed on Development Applications where they impact on state-controlled roads.

“Factors considered for these conditions include changes in traffic volume since the last development on a site, the expected increase in traffic generated by the new development and the current standards under the Road Planning and Design Manual, which outlines the policy and framework for the planning and design of new and upgraded roads in Queensland.”

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