Crews were out early yesterday morning with work starting on Charters Towers’ second roundabout. The recent wet weather delayed the start on the Gill and Vulture streets roundabout, which was scheduled to start on Thursday 1 March 2018.
Work will progress over the next 4 weeks with the removal of existing pavement, pouring of the concrete for the roundabout, pavement reconstruction and road surfacing, island installation and road markings.
Changes in the area will include no access into Dan Lane from Gill St, with only a left turn exit from Dan Lane into Gill St. Access to the veterinary surgery parking will be via Mary St into Dan Lane.
After the roundabout works, pavement reconstruction and road surfacing will begin on Gill St, from High St to Church St, Bow Street, from Gill to Mary Street, and Church Street, from Civic Lane to Anne Street.
“Overall, all pavement reconstruction and 2 of the 4 roundabouts planned as part of the Gill Street Reconstruction Project will be completed by the end of the financial year.” said Cameron Scott, Director Infrastructure Services.
After months of community consultation in 2017, Council planned to install four roundabouts in a particular order to ease traffic congestion. However, due to underground telecommunication infrastructure, the High and Church Street roundabouts needed to be rescheduled to allow time for design changes.
“The High and Church Street roundabouts have been redesigned to avoid expensive relocation of underground services. It is anticipated that these roundabouts will be completed in October/November 2018 following a water main relocation in Church Street.”
The first roundabout on Boundary St has already eased traffic congestion during peak times and has made the intersection much safer for road users. In time all the roundabouts will increase road safety and ease congestion.
OG 6 March 2018