Roundabout work to begin at corner of Lemon Tree Passage Road and Avenue of the Allies in March

COMING SOON: Port Stephens Council will begin construction in March.
COMING SOON: Port Stephens Council will begin construction in March.

Road work is expected to begin this month on a roundabout at Tanilba Bay to address a history of crashes.

The roundabout will be built at the intersection of Lemon Tree Passage Road and the Avenue of Allies, over a period of 12 weeks.

Port Stephens Council applied for funding to upgrade the intersection under the state government’s Safer Roads Program. The roundabout is part of a $795,000 investment in Tanilba Bay intersections.

“This intersection has been identified as a black spot due to the number of crashes that have happened here over the years,” the council’s civil projects engineer Rick Mackenzie said.

“Council has been successful in receiving funding from the state government to build a roundabout, which is designed to reduce drivers’ speed and, in turn, reduce the number and severity of incidents,” he said.

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Mr Mackenzie said the new roundabout was designed to create a safer intersection for all users.

“There will be a few changes for drivers to get used to – the main one being the realignment of Success Street and Lemon Tree Passage Road, which will provide a safer exit for drivers entering Success Street,” he said.

“We’re expecting the project to get underway at the end of [March], with works scheduled to take about 12 weeks depending on the weather. 

“During the construction, Lemon Tree Passage road will remain open with reduced speed limits, but the entry to Poilus Parade and Avenue of the Allies will be inaccessible – drivers will instead be diverted to enter via President Wilson Walk.

“We ask that people are patient during the construction period and drive to the conditions.”

A community drop-in session will be held from 10am-12pm March 16, at the Kooindah Centre, Tanilba Bay.