A notoriously busy intersection in Bundaberg is now experiencing an ease in traffic congestion thanks to the construction of a large roundabout and accompanying footpaths in the area.
Work on a $1.4 million upgrade to the Fitzgerald and Thabeban Streets intersection was recently completed, with the new roundabout creating a safer route for residents.
Bundaberg Regional Council’s Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said the project, funded under round two of the Works for Queensland program, was a major improvement to what was a very busy area.
“With multiple facilities close by, such as Shalom College, two pools and the surrounding industrial precincts, this specific intersection has always attracted large amounts of traffic and congestion,” Cr Trevor said.
“The new roundabout has provided a safer path not only for drivers but also for students and parents who access the road on a regular basis.
“New turf has just been laid and pram ramps around the footpaths completed so pedestrians can also utilise the area safely.”
Shalom College Principal Dan McMahon said with school holidays over, the complete construction of the roundabout could not have come at a better time.
“It will be very busy in the area again with school drop-offs and pick-ups so the roundabout is a welcome piece of infrastructure that will no doubt provide a much safer stretch of road,” Mr McMahon said.
“Congratualtions to Bundaberg Regional Council and all facets of government involved in this project.”
Divisional representative Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the project took three months to complete.
“The works were the final touch to what has already been a significant change to the area, which also featured the completion of the Kay McDuff Drive and Eggmolese Street extensions,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“This is a major improvement for everyone who travels this route.
“We thank motorists for their patience and understanding while traffic management measures were in place during construction.”