Burdekin Shire Council is proposing to build a large rural roundabout at the intersection of Ivory and Five Ways Roads, in a major boost for road safety in the Burdekin.
Council has prepared plans for the site and is now seeking feedback from the community.
This intersection forms part of a shortcut utilised frequently to provide north-south access across the Shire.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said managing the growing volume of traffic using the route was imperative.
“The popularity of the rural route has increased significantly over the last decade,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“In addition to its regular use by locals, it is increasingly used by many north-south travellers from outside the Shire and is even sometimes identified on GPS routes.
“The purpose of the roundabout is to improve safety by eliminating confusion and illegal movements at the intersection, which has been of some concern for motorists who travel through this area.”
The intersection will also be designed to cater for larger commercial vehicles such as B-Doubles, with the aim of improving transport in the Shire.
Once built, it will be one of the largest rural roundabouts in the Burdekin with a radius of 20m.
“It will be similar to the existing roundabout at the intersection of Ivory Road and Maidavale Road, only a little smaller in radius,” Cr McLaughlin said.
Construction work is proposed to start mid-year.
Cr McLaughlin said Council had, over many years, tried various methods to improve the safety and connectivity of the Ivory and Five Ways Roads intersection.
“The addition of a roundabout will provide a long-term solution to safety at this site,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“This $425,000 project has been made possible thanks to the Queensland Government, which is providing joint funding on a 50/50 basis through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS).
“Council has been consulting with surrounding landowners and is also seeking feedback from the wider community. We want to hear from you.”
To provide your feedback please call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 and ask to speak to the Design Office.