Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers, Portfolio Chair for Major Projects said it is fantastic to see this project commence to further ensure the safety of pedestrians.
"After extensive community consultations and work behind the scenes over many years, it is great to see this project start for residents and business owners of Roma and surrounds," Cr Chambers said.
"The $2.2 million upgrade focuses on improving the safety of pedestrians and motorists, through the relocation of the crossings, ensuring better traffic flow and providing an inviting space for visitors."
Councillor Geoff McMullen, Portfolio Chair for Towns & Surrounds said it is also a good opportunity to upgrade the drainage infrastructure.
"A key aspect of the project is to upgrade the stormwater and drainage systems in the area, reducing localised pooling of water by increasing the capacity and improving flow."
The design includes moving the pedestrian crossings back from their current positions to allow for better visibility of pedestrians as well as reducing delays for motorists by reducing vehicle queueing. The pedestrian crossings recently completed at the Royal on Ninety-Nine corner is a good example of what to expect in future works.
The works will include three main stages at the McDowall and Arthur Street intersection.
•Approximately 80 metres of Arthur Street will be closed (north of McDowall Street). This closure will be for approximately one (1) month.
•Traffic on McDowall Street will be managed by traffic control for a period of 25 days.
•Total intersection closure of four (4) days – this will be scheduled to minimize impact as much as possible.
•Approximately 80 metres of McDowall will be closed (south of McDowall Street). This closure will be for approximately one (1) month.
While Council will ensure there are limited disruptions during the construction period, there will be some interruptions to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Access to all businesses will be maintained throughout the works.
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