TROY Sweeting says traffic congestion on the corner of Gardiner Road and Peisely Street is causing major delays at peak times with multiple cars often lined up waiting to cross the intersection.
Mr Sweeting, who is a candidate in September’s Orange City Council elections lives in Gardiner Road and said the congestion is increasing exacerbated by additional vehicles travelling to Cadia Valley Operations and Orange Health Service.
“If a car is turning right there can be 15 cars or more banked up,” Mr Sweeting said.
“They need to widen the road so people can turn left into Peisely Street without having to wait for a car to turn right,” he said.
“Widening it wouldn’t be a huge cost.”
Mr Sweeting said it can often prove difficult for him to exit his driveway and his neighbours share his concerns.
“My neighbour is in the highway patrol [police] and he’s also got concerns about the traffic flow.”
Mr Sweeting said excessive use of the road is also proving detrimental to the road’s surface which is now full of potholes.
Since announcing his intention to run for council Mr Sweeting said he’s been approached by several people sharing his concerns about the condition of various roads in Orange.
Mr Sweeting said upgrading roads was an issue impacting the entire community and one he intended to push for if elected to council.