A long-awaited, significant safety upgrade is coming to the hazardous intersection of two bustling roads in Doolandella as traffic lights are soon to be installed at the Blunder Road and Wallaroo Way intersection.
Long-Awaited Safety Upgrade in Doolandella
Councillor Charles Strunk, who has been advocating for the safety upgrades at the intersection of Blunder Road and Wallaroo Way, Doolandella since 2015, made the announcement recently. The safety upgrades will involve the installation of new traffic lights. In his social media post last August, Cr Strunk said that the upgrade is a “safety win for commuters and bus drivers” who use the busy intersection on a daily basis.
Cr Strunk had been working with stakeholders including Doolandella Neighbourhood Watch, bus drivers and officials from the Queensland Rail and Bus Transport Union (RTBU), and Doolandella locals in campaigning for the installation of traffic lights at the said intersection.
Apart from its troubling history of accidents, recent enhancements to the main roads and local development have led to a significant increase in traffic volume along Blunder Road and Wallaroo Way.
The scheduled construction is set to be carried out in the 2023/24 financial year. Cr Strunk said he will be closely monitoring the process to ensure that the Council fulfils its commitments to the local residents.
Traffic Light Implementation in Brisbane
Brisbane City Council oversees an extensive network of roads spanning more than 6,800 kilometres, including more than 50,000 intersections. To improve pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety, traffic lights are used at intersections where there is a substantial volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the day.
On major roads, traffic lights provide a safer environment for vulnerable users including pedestrians and cyclists and are considered as a more cost-effective measure.
BCC and the Queensland Government have a Memorandum of Understanding for the joint management of traffic signal coordination at 40 key intersections throughout the city. Within this set of 40 prioritised intersections, the Council assumes control and management responsibilities for 12 of them, whilst the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) oversees the remaining 28.