Parking to give way for traffic

A majority of councillors would not let the impending loss of four car spaces halt the imminent start of construction at a Dubbo traffic "bottleneck".

Dubbo City Council staff will start work on a roundabout at the intersection of Talbragar and Brisbane streets on Monday after final plans gained the approval this week.

Cr Greg Mohr's consistent opposition to the project - which also includes trees planted for beautification - gained support from Cr Ben Shields when staff revealed it would subtract four car park spaces from the busy district, but another newcomer disagreed.

"That intersection is a bottleneck," Cr Kevin Parker said.

"If we're going to progress we need to sacrifice something.

"We need to move on with it."

His sentiment was apparently shared by most, the 6-2 vote ensuring mobile advertisements parked in the area for the past two weeks were not inaccurate.

The council set up electronic message boards to tell motorists the works were scheduled to begin on March 4.

The project is part of capital works identified in the Dubbo 2036 Community Strategic Plan to beautify the central business district (CBD) and improve traffic flow.

Council civil infrastructure manager Steve Clayton said the landscaped roundabout in the plans would be a centrepiece for the beautification of Talbragar Street.

The roundabout in Talbragar Street would be the most complex stage of the ongoing beautification of the street, with construction expected to be finished by September, he said.

"The improved traffic management at the intersection will include new kerb alignments, a landscaped centre island and traffic islands adjacent to adjoining streets," he said.

Mr Clayton said the roundabout construction would be completed in three stages.

"Stage 1 will involve the installation of additional stormwater pipes and pits, construction of two of the roundabout kerb blisters, road works and some footpath works on the northern side on Talbragar Street and the Brisbane Street access road to Hawkins Lane," he said.

"This work will be conducted between March 4 and late May 2013, weather permitting."

Mr Clayton said some disruption to traffic would be experienced, however access to businesses would not be impeded.

"(We) understand that traffic will still need to access Talbragar and Brisbane streets, so traffic flow will be managed with this in mind," he said.

Mr Clayton said consultation with property owners was ongoing and would continue throughout the life of the project to ensure the lines of communication remained open.

"Our door is open if any issues arise throughout the construction period,'' he said.

Council will sacrifice four car spaces to start construction at a Dubbo traffic bottleneck.

Council will sacrifice four car spaces to start construction at a Dubbo traffic bottleneck.


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