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Lights a bright idea?

Bundaberg Regional Council is due to vote on a four-way intersection on Johanna Blvd at the new Bunnings location.
Bundaberg Regional Council is due to vote on a four-way intersection on Johanna Blvd at the new Bunnings location.

AS BUNNINGS prepares to move on to Johanna Blvd a new signalled intersection will be built to ease traffic.

But community members have already raised concern as to why another lighted intersection is needed for Bundaberg.

Bundaberg Regional Council group development manager Michael Ellery said there were "a hundred different solutions" as to how access may be provided to a business.

"But I think traffic lights were suggested by the developer," Mr Ellery said.

Bundaberg driver Tina Ostrofski said she used Johanna Blvd to avoid lights.

"Why can't they just put a roundabout in?" she said.

Bundaberg woman Sue Thomson agreed.

"I travel that way to avoid the congestion when going to Sugarland, a roundabout would be better than lights," she said.

But Mr Ellery said a roundabout was not appropriate for Johanna Blvd.

"Roundabouts are very land intensive and would cut into the development site - it makes it much more complicated," he said.

He said land would need to be resumed from Bunnings Warehouse along with land from those neighbouring and across from Bunnings to accommodate any potential roundabout.

"To be honest, the priority is about traffic safety and from a safety perspective those particular lights are needed," Mr Ellery said.

"Whilst yes, it might mean that it's not a through route as much as it is currently, primarily that road is there to service that precinct.

"I don't think it's really intended to be a major shortcut route."

He said the council expected to give approval for the intersection next week.

"And then it will be up to Bunnings - I think they'll move quickly to build it but I'm not sure they've given an exact indication exactly when they'd start those works yet," he said.

The three-way intersection will cost Bunnings $400,000 with the fourth way of the intersection to be met by the land owners across the road from Bunnings.

Topics:  bundaberg regional council, bunnings, traffic




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