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Rockhampton Intersections Set for Upgrades

Rockhampton Intersections Set for Upgrades
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Rockhampton Regional Council is gearing up to enhance the safety and efficiency of key intersections in Allenstown. Commencing this week, upgrades to the Upper Dawson, Canning, and Derby Street intersections are on the horizon, aimed at tackling traffic congestion and improving overall safety for motorists and pedestrians alike.

Government Investment in Safety

Under the Black Spot Program, the Australian Government has allocated over $900,000 towards these crucial upgrades. The plan includes installing raised safety platforms, implementing channelled right turns, and introducing centre traffic islands. These measures are specifically designed to reduce the likelihood of accidents and enhance traffic flow in the area.

Comprehensive Improvements

In addition to the aforementioned upgrades, the project encompasses various other enhancements. Upgraded pedestrian crossings and refuge areas, pavement repairs, asphalt overlays, and improved line markings are all part of the comprehensive strategy to revamp these intersections.

Scheduled Works

Works began last Sunday, April 7th, with completion projected by the end of June. Recognising the need to minimise disruptions, night work is scheduled for specific stages of the project. These steps are intended to minimise disruption while assuring the safety of both workers and homeowners.

Community Engagement

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams expressed his satisfaction with the project’s commencement, emphasising the importance of addressing traffic concerns and enhancing safety. He highlighted specific changes, such as the removal of the right-hand turn at the Derby and Upper Dawson Road intersection and the introduction of dedicated turning lanes. Mayor Williams also assured residents that roadworks would be suspended during Beef Week and the Rockhampton Show, with the project set to resume thereafter.

Looking Ahead

With traffic control measures in place, night work will be conducted between 7 pm – 5 am to minimise disruption. The Council appreciates the patience and support of local businesses and residents throughout this period of improvement. As Rockhampton prepares for these vital upgrades, the community can anticipate smoother and safer journeys through Allenstown’s busy intersections.