Two black-spot intersections on the one street in Queanbeyan will be upgraded in response to long-held concerns of increased crashes and delays as the town’s population grows.
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has been successful in an application for more than $700,000 in funding for the safety upgrades at two intersections on Crawford Street. The funding was provided through the 2020-2021 Australian Government Black Spot Program which targets road locations where there is an increased risk of crashes and injuries.
Two intersections on Crawford Street – one at Antill Street and the other at Campbell and Erin streets – have long been an issue to council as Queanbeyan’s population has continued to grow and traffic has increased.
Drivers and pedestrians often experience delays and confusion navigating both intersections. They are both located close to a major shopping precinct on the edge of the Queanbeyan CBD.
Also nearby is Queanbeyan District Hospital, Apex Park, Moore Park, Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre, a skatepark and aged care facilities, all bringing with them a mix of commuters, pedestrians, heavy vehicles and emergency vehicles.
Funding as part of the Black Spot Program will see $67,000 allocated in 2020-2021 for planning and design works, and close to $640,000 allocated in 2021-2022 for construction.
The intersection of Crawford Street and Antill Streets will see a new set of traffic lights installed to better control the four-way intersection.
The intersection of Crawford Street and Campbell and Erin streets will gain a new medium strip and signage restricting right turns out of Campbell Street, and restricting right turns into, or out of, Erin Street.
The upgrades will both include additional pedestrian facilities and provisions for cyclists.
QPRC Mayor Tim Overall said the designs would be presented to the community for comment when they have progressed further, and he is confident the upgrades will improve safety and benefit drivers and pedestrians.
“The success in gaining this funding is a credit to QPRC staff and their dedication to improving Queanbeyan’s road and pedestrian networks to ensure the safety of our community,” he said.
“I want to thank the Federal Government for recognising the importance of these projects and for providing the funding.”
The funding permits work to be conducted during a two-year period, with construction expected to begin in late 2021 and be completed by mid-2022.
Original Article published by Michael Weaver on The RiotACT.