Driveway borders on dangerous

A DESIGN issue with a property access on Exhibition Rd has been looked at by Transport and Main Roads engineers, who believe the driveway at Number 19 is up to standard.

TMR approved the Excelsior Rd Medical Centre developer's changes to the access which the department said was also approved by the property owner.

TMR's records showed the developer consulted with the property owner, who consented to the changes before construction, but the owner disputes this, saying the result was not agreed to. It is believed the driveway was constructed on the adjacent block.

TMR officers reviewed the developer's design for the upgraded access and ensured it complied with current design standards.

They considered the access was in the most appropriate location to avoid conflict with the medical centre's access. The existing road layout was upgraded as part of the development, and the property access was also upgraded to suit the changed configuration.

"Safety is always our number one priority, which is why we have strict design standards," a TMR spokeswoman said.

"Because the road is steep where it meets the curb near the property, a culvert design was used to level the entry out, ensuring a safer access," the TMR spokeswoman said.

Despite TMR's claims the driveway at 19 Exhibition Rd is safe, the residents say they have no choice but to continue using the medical centre's entry to avoid a traffic incident. Several vehicles required towing out of the open drain after toppling off the edge of the narrow driveway.

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