Traffic congestion at the intersection of Main Street and the Esplanade has increased.
Traffic congestion at the intersection of Main Street and the Esplanade has increased.

Roundabout to ease burden

THE TEMPORARY removal of the roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and the Esplanade has caused congestion and some traffic delays over the past few months.

While the police have found there hadn’t been an increase in the number of accidents at the intersection, there had been a problem with drivers ignoring the stop sign.

The amount of traffic moving through that intersection is expected to increase even further when WetSide officially opens on December 6 but the reopening of the roundabout may go some way to ease the burden.

Wide Bay Water’s Christina Maynes said the council had directed the roundabout be reopened, which is expected to occur next Friday.

Ms Maynes said that with the amount of interest shown in the water park opening, an increase in traffic was anticipated due to a large number of people going to have a look.

Police were concerned there could be an increase in accidents when the roundabout reopened and the road was changed again so drivers would need to take extra care and use common sense during that time.

Traffic management experts, CARDNO Eppell Olsen, have conducted a Traffic Impact Assessment and concluded that the current roundabout and street network would be able to cope with the expected traffic increase, and that no upgrading would be necessary.

Following the advice of CARDNO Eppell Olsen, the council did not plan any further upgrades to the intersection at this stage.

The construction of additional parking along the Esplanade and a new car park beside the Seafront Oval stage would cater to the families visiting WetSide and the planned All Abilities Playground at the Seafront Oval.

Ms Maynes also said motorists should take care during the week following the reopening of the roundabout due to work being finished on the kerbing.



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