Two new roundabouts to improve safety on our roads

Lismore City Council has received two grants to improve the safety of two hazardous intersections in Lismore.

Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith said the two grants totalling $789,000 will be used to install roundabouts and other traffic calming devices at the intersections of Orion and Diadem streets, as well as Orion and Keen streets.

“This is great news for our community,” he said.

“These new roundabouts will improve safety for motorists and importantly also for school children who are heavy users of both intersections as they get to and from school.”

Work at both intersections will include a one-lane roundabout, new concrete footpath, pedestrian fencing, concrete medians and kerb blisters, and upgraded street lighting.

Between 2013 and 2018, there were six accidents, including one serious one, at the Diadem and Orion streets intersection and five accidents at the Keen and Orion intersection. The new roundabouts will slow and improve the interchange of traffic and reduce the risk of future accidents.

The new roundabouts will complement recent roadworks undertaken to fix adjoining sections of these streets under Council’s urban roads budget.

The grants are from the Federal Government Blackspot program and the State Government’s Safer Roads programs.

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