Intersection upgrade to ease traffic pressure on residents

Morning and afternoon peak traffic delays for residents of Barracks Flat will be eased with the upgrade of the Cooma St intersection starting on Monday 16 May.

Queanbeyan-based contractors Bost Civil were awarded the contract to upgrade the Barracks Flat Dr/Cooma St/Thornton Rd intersection to traffic signals. The project is funded by $815,000 from the NSW Government and a further $75,000 from Queanbeyan City Council’s Section 94 Extractive Industries reserve.

“I am very pleased to see this project move towards construction and I’m sure the residents of Barracks Flat/Fairlane Estate and Thornton Rd area will be relieved as well,” Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.

“Council has been approached on a number of occasions regarding peak hour delays and safety issues at the intersection and this upgrade will help alleviate those concerns.

“Council presented residents with three intersection upgrade options in 2015 and the majority of respondents were in favour of a signalised intersection.

“This upgrade is an interim treatment, as Council’s Googong and Tralee Traffic Study 2031 shows that Cooma St and Old Cooma Rd will ultimately be duplicated to be a four-lane road from Southbar Rd to the Googong Township entrance, however this is not required for a number of years. The intersection upgrade will be constructed so materials can be used when the road is duplicated.”

Construction of the intersection upgrade is expected to take 10 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

The intersection will be constructed in two halves, diverting traffic to one side of Cooma St while the other side is constructed. Two-way traffic will remain on Cooma St during construction and Barracks Flat Dr will remain open at all times. For the duration of construction, Thornton Rd will be closed at Cooma St. Residents will be required to used Southbar Rd or Candlebark Rd to access their properties. Council will be monitoring the impact the construction has on traffic flow, especially around morning and afternoon peak times and if required alterations will be made.

Barracks Flat upgrade

Bost Civil representatives Chris Young and John Stojanoski look over plans for the intersection upgrade with Queanbeyan City Council’s Project Engineer Jordan Pyke and Mayor, Cr Tim Overall.