Construction has started to install traffic signals on Branyan Drive, Dittman Road and Avoca Road to help keep pedestrians, cyclists and the visually impaired safe.
Long-time Dittman Road resident Berni Randall applauded Council for providing a safe driving environment, saying the benefit to locals would be enormous.
“It’s really brilliant news for all the residents, as there is both a childcare centre and an aged care facility, with some people with disabilities on these roads, so this work will ensure the safety for all of these families,” she said.
“I have lived here for 10 years now, and as the area becomes more populated there are more and more cars using these roads each day.
“I’ve been worried about the families who cross the road, but now that there will be a pedestrian refuge island, they will be able to cross safely.
“And with all the extra traffic that continues to grow each year, this is definitely a blessing.”
Bundaberg Regional Council divisional representative Cr Steve Cooper said Council approved the installation of traffic signals, pedestrian footpaths and crossovers as part of the signalisation of the Branyan Drive, Dittman Road and Avoca Road intersection.
“In addition, Council has taken the opportunity to include other works within the Pedestrian Refuge Program adjacent to the intersection, at Waratah and Glen Appin Drives,” Cr Cooper said.
“The refuge island is about ensuring the safety of not only the children who use the pump park, but also allowing school children dropped off in the new bus zone and nearby residents from the aged care facility to cross the road with ease and with safety.”
Cr Cooper said the works would be delivered concurrently to minimise the impact of construction to the community, and are expected to be completed prior to Christmas, weather permitting.
This project has been funded as part of the Queensland Government Works for Queensland program.