Carige Boulevard intersection upgrade complete
Livingstone Shire motorists travelling through Taranganba now have a safer and smoother journey following the completion of the Carige Boulevard intersection upgrades.
The reconstruction involved underground stormwater upgrades, construction of traffic islands, kerb and channel placement, shared pathways, asphalt renewal, and the addition of a new landscaped roundabout.
Councillor Glenda Mather, portfolio holder of Transport (Roads, Drainage, Pathways), said the $1.8 million roundabout at the intersection of Carige Boulevard and Taranganba Road will improve traffic flow and safety on one of our busiest roads.
“Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in traffic volumes on Taranganba Road.
“The road services the growing residential areas of Taranganba and Taroomball as well as Yeppoon’s highest capacity primary school and nearby child care facilities.
“The new roundabout will help ease traffic movements around the school frontage and improve traffic flow and general safety at the increasingly busy intersection which is the main access to Sea Haven Estate.
“The design of the roundabout will improve safety for both motorists and pedestrians as drivers must lower their speed when approaching the roundabout and school zone.
“In addition to the roundabout, underground stormwater infrastructure upgrades downstream of the roundabout were also carried out to improve surface water drainage during rain events.
“This essential piece of infrastructure forms part of the ongoing Taranganba Master Plan development project aimed at improving the safety and connectivity of this key access linkage.
“The unusually wet winter delayed the completion of the project but it’s great to see it is now finished, aside from some signs that are on their way.
“Council’s roads crew have done a great job of constructing the roundabout and we thank everyone for their patience while the road works have been underway.
“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the Australian Government for providing $800,000 towards the project under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.”
The LRCI Program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, said with the increase in traffic during school term, this roundabout is going to help relieve the congestion issue, and provide better safety for parents dropping off or picking up their children from school.
“The upgrade will also improve the stormwater management following heavy rain,” Ms Landry said.
“Taranganba is one of Capricornia’s fastest growing suburbs. As it is within a school and day-care zone, it’s important to keep the roads as safe and maintained as possible."