West Street intersection upgrade to improve safety

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) will upgrade the busy West Street-Drayton Road intersection to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians.

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) will upgrade the busy West Street-Drayton Road intersection to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians.

TRC Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Infrastructure Committee Cr Carol Taylor said the traffic signals and pedestrian crossings would be installed at the intersection.

“The project is part of the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, which aims to reduce the risk of crashes. The $1.6 million project will include the installation of traffic signals, reconstructing medians, improved lighting and service relocations,” Cr Taylor said.

“The traffic signals will improve safety for vehicles heading north and south on West Street as well as improving safety for southbound vehicles turning on to Drayton Road and vehicles travelling north from Drayton Road on to West Street.”

Cr Taylor said the left turn from West Street on to Drayton Road would be removed as part of the safety improvements. Traffic studies had shown that few vehicles made that turning movement.

“To improve safety and stop vehicles turning across lanes of traffic, access to Baynes Street off West Street will be changed to left in, left out only. Motorists will continue to be able to access Baynes Street, Lockhart Court and Blackdown Street via Stephen Street,” she said.

“The traffic signals will provide safe crossing opportunities for pedestrians, while cyclists will continue to share the carriageway with motor vehicles and off-road at the pedestrian crossings.”

Construction is expected to start in late June 2017 and, weather permitting, be completed by late 2017.

Access to properties will be maintained during construction works. Motorists’ access to Baynes Street from West Street will be restricted during construction.

Additionally, there will be some temporary lane closures to allow service relocations and other works. Traffic controls will be in place to assist motorists.

Council thanks residents for their patience and co-operation during these works and will seek to minimise disruptions where possible.

For more information about the project please call 131 872 or email info@tr.qld.gov.au

 

Click here for a diagram of the upgrade

 

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