Roundabout way to fix intersection
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