$2.8M contract awarded for 'blackspot' intersection upgrade

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A notorious Noosa traffic ‘blackspot’ will be upgraded in the coming months after the awarding of a $2.8M construction contract for the job.

PentaCon Pty Ltd will start work on the Ernest Street/Hilton Terrace intersection upgrade at the end of January.

The project includes a new roundabout, plus on-road cycle lanes, pedestrian safety improvements, and a new pavement for Hilton Terrace.

The project will also deliver renewed landscaping, signage and stormwater infrastructure.

“The focus is on improving safety at this intersection, which has been the scene of numerous crashes in recent times,” Mayor Tony Wellington said.

“A recent transport study identified this intersection as being the most in need of an upgrade across all our Council controlled intersections, with more than 17,000 vehicle movements at this junction daily.

“It’s a real blackspot where traffic regularly queues at peak times as vehicles wait to turn right from Ernest Street on to Hilton Terrace.

“We’ve been busy working with service providers to relocate underground services so that we are now able to press on with this much needed upgrade,” Cr Wellington said.

PentaCon Pty Ltd was among six companies to tender for the job.

“Work will commence soon after Australia Day and we’ll be striving to ensure it’s completed before Easter.

“Obviously, there will be some traffic delays during construction but Council and the contractor will ensure the community is well informed as work progresses.”

 
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