Calls to remove roundabouts
A SAFETY audit has found two major roundabouts on Ballina Rd in Lismore should be removed to make way for traffic lights.
The safety audit was conducted by GTA consultants on behalf of the RTA to examine pedestrian safety on Ballina Rd between Dawson and Molesworth Sts.
Cr Simon Clough said he would support moves to install traffic lights at both intersections.
"It's a nightmare for able-bodied pedestrians to cross Ballina Rd, let alone anyone who has a disability or is elderly," he said. "As a cyclist I know it's a death-trap."
Cr Clough said the public need to be consulted about the report's findings. "My sense is that traffic lights will be justified on Ballina Rd but I'm not sure how many. For example I think most people would agree the Wyrallah Rd intersection is a nightmare as is the Molesworth St intersection, which causes enormous problems."
Council's director of infrastructure services, Garry Hemsworth, said he would consult with the owners of the road, the RTA, before responding to the report.
"The big issue is getting pedestrians safely across Ballina Rd where there are four lanes of traffic and very high traffic volumes," he said.
"Ballina Road is so important to Lismore because it carries about 80 percent of all trips that happen in our city and that's very unusual."
Removing the roundabouts could cause considerable disruption to traffic and a new set of traffic lights could cost up to $1 million.
"I wouldn't say this council is that enthusiastic about removing our nice attractive roundabouts and replacing them with traffic lights," he said. "But lights could be better for pedestrians and they can force traffic into ... platoons or groups of cars... that can provide relief to side roads by breaking up the traffic and also helping people to cross."
The safety audit also recommended changes to kerbing for improved accessibility and the removal of foliage from roundabouts to improve visibility.
Do you think the roundabouts should go?