A new roundabout has been constructed to improve traffic safety at the Trevenna Road and Elm Avenue intersection on the University of New England’s (UNE) Armidale campus.
Council secured $592,274 in funding from the Australian Government Blackspot Program, administered by Roads & Maritime Services, to design and construct the single-lane roundabout.
A number of narrowly-averted accidents have been reported at the intersection of Elm Avenue and Trevenna Road in recent years, prompting UNE and Council representatives to investigate options to make the intersection safer.
Traffic was diverted from the intersection during construction, with the new roundabout opening to traffic on 2 April 2020.
An independent road safety audit and close liaison with UNE helped ensure the new roundabout design would also bring improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
Work included new kerb and guttering, storm water pits and pipes, a centre island, and relocation of the footpath and pedestrian crossing. Approval of a street lighting design is still pending.
As part of planning for the Elm Avenue – Trevenna Road roundabout, an arborist examination of nearby trees found one of the English Elms was in poor health and posed a public health danger because of the risk of falling limbs.
The tree was removed and Council and UNE are keen to see its timber used in a fitting way. Local groups interested in accessing the timber are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on 23 Jan 2020