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Monday, July 15, 2024

Mareeba road safety improvement

TO address safety concerns and to improve traffic flow, a new roundabout will be constructed at the busy intersection of Constance Street and Herberton Street, Mareeba. 

Mareeba Shire Mayor Angela Toppin said the council had listened to community feedback from the Mareeba Traffic Management Study.

“With the expanding residential development in the east of Mareeba and the increased load limit for John Doyle bridge crossing the Barron River, the concentration of traffic at this intersection has significantly increased in recent years,” Mayor Toppin said.

“The upgrade to the intersection will improve the safety of all road users and will address congestion, speed and visibility issues.”

 Improvements for road users: 

  • Heavy vehicles: Improved safety when turning at this intersection
  • Cars and motorcyclists: Reduced likelihood of head on collisions due to vehicles sweeping when turning right from Herberton St to Constance St 
  • Cyclists: Cycle lanes provided on all approaches 
  • Pedestrians: Median storage areas provided to allow pedestrians to cross one lane at a time. The zebra crossing will remain on Herberton St

The same number of parking bays will be retained, with three angled parking bays being changed to parallel bays. 

“Works to upgrade the water main infrastructure at this intersection will commence from 8 July until 31 July with the roundabout works commencing in August 2024,” Mayor Toppin said.

“A detour will be in place during these works, and we thank residents for their patience.”

This project is funded by the Queensland Government through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme and Mareeba Shire Council. 

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