Traffic light work to begin Monday 9 January

Work to remove the roundabout and install new traffic lights at the intersection of Southbrook Road, Percival Street and South Belt will begin from Monday 9 January.

Road Construction WorkersCouncil’s Roading Manager Ken Stevenson says “Ten years ago the intersection averaged 17,000 vehicle movements per day. Latest surveys are showing us that this number has increased to over 24,600 movements per day. This level of traffic makes the roundabout ineffective and causes frustrating delays for motorists”.

To improve traffic flow, traffic lights will be installed and intersection improvements will be made to keep traffic moving through Southbrook.

“Isaac Construction will be on site from Monday 9 January and the priority is to complete the eastern footpath ensuring a safe passage is available for children returning to school in late January.  

It’s going to be disruptive while the changes take place. We’ll be working with the contractor and doing our best to minimise disruption.

For the first stages the intersection will function as normal. Later in the work programme we’ll need to close access from South Belt and detours will be in place. We encourage motorists to consider using an alternative route when possible to take pressure off the area until work is completed in late May”.

The work also includes installation of new stormwater pipes, new sewer pipes in Percival Street and new water mains in South Belt. Some work will be carried out during the night when traffic flows are low.