Round­about way to fix in­ter­sec­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

THE Port Dou­glas turn-off on Cap­tain Cook High­way will be­come a round­about by the end of this year.

Af­ter ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity and the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads, state Mem­ber for Cook David Kempton has an­nounced the fi­nal con­cept for the in­ter­sec­tion.

The fi­nal de­sign is cur­rently be­ing com­pleted and Mr Kempton said they are try­ing to keep it un­der the promised $2 mil­lion to put any ad­di­tional money to­wards land­scap­ing.

‘‘We are try­ing to se­cure fund­ing for a gate­way land­scap­ing de­sign as well as get a lot of com­mu­nity in­put,’’ he said. ‘‘Land­scap­ing is the high­est pri­or­ity for me now and I don’t think a chook raf­fle on Fri­day night is go­ing to do it, it’ll be a bit more ef­fort.’’

Mr Kempton said the De­part­ment of Main Roads and Trans­port hoped to have the de­sign of the round­about com­pleted by the end of May and will call for tenures in June, to be awarded by Au­gust.

‘‘Con­struc­tion will com­mence in Septem­ber and will be com­pleted be­fore the wet sea­son and be­fore the end of the year,’’ he said.

‘‘We are really push­ing it, al­low­ing six weeks for con­struc­tion be­cause the big is­sue is traf­fic man­age­ment, we don’t want to up­set peo­ple with de­lays.

‘‘We are aware of in­ter­rup­tions in traf­fic in par­tic­u­lar the tourist sea­son but we can’t build it in the Wet.’’

Mr Kempton s a i d he was im­pressed with the con­sul­ta­tion process and would be mod­el­ling fu­ture projects on it.

‘‘This has been a good les­son for peo­ple, in the past things have just hap­pened and this is a new way of busi­ness,’’ he said. ‘‘We will keep the pub­lic in­formed through­out the dif­fer­ent stages of con­struc­tion.’’

MOV­ING FOR­WARD: in­ter­sec­tion round­about

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