NEW TRAFFIC LIGHTS A SUCCESS, DESPITE CRITICISM

Less crashes at Barton Hwy roundabout


21 January 2018

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By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit – ACT Government

Those controversial traffic lights at the Barton Highway roundabout copped a lot of criticism when installed and while the disapproval seems to have died down a bit, it’s still there.

But there’s some new statistics which may quieten the naysayers once and for all!

The number of crashes at the roundabout have reduced by almost half following the $10 million intersection upgrade.

To put things into perspective, up to 46,000 vehicles travel through the Barton Highway roundabout each day.

There was just 47 reported accidents last year, compared to about 100 per year previously.

“The upgrade has delivered a big improvement for motorist’s safety and since the traffic lights became operational in December 2016, there have been no complaints regarding delays or queuing at the intersection,” Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris said.

“While the introduction of traffic lights to an intersection with a roundabout configuration took a while for motorists to get used to, the arrangement has significantly improve travel through the intersection, particularly for Crace residents.”

The upgrade included installation of the traffic lights, extra lanes, on-road improvements for cyclists and a bus priority lane.

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