Traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Branyan Drive, Dittmann Road and Avoca Road following an engineering assessment.
Bundaberg Regional Council roads and drainage portfolio spokesman, Cr Bill Trevor, said traffic lights would make the busy intersection safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“Traffic signals will address safety concerns and provide a safe environment for pedestrians, cyclists and the visually impaired,” Cr Trevor said.
“Installation of traffic signals will also enable dedicated cycle lanes along Branyan Drive.
“Pedestrian movement can be controlled and made safer, also improving connections between the surrounding residential areas.”
Cr Trevor said other treatment options were considered, including a roundabout and better signage.
The engineering assessment found a roundabout at this location would require land acquisitions and the relocation of power poles at significant cost.
Divisional councillor Steve Cooper welcomed the decision to install traffic lights.
“I am very pleased to see this project approved and in my view it’s the best outcome,” he said.
“Branyan is one of Bundaberg’s biggest growth areas and safety issues would only get worse without this upgrade.
“Traffic lights will improve crossing the road for pedestrians and people with mobility issues.
“General safety will improve dramatically.”
Work is expected to be completed next year.