Telstra gets out of the way for new insterection in Claremont

Telstra gets out of the way for new insterection in Claremont

CLAREMONT councillors decided to move Telstra telecommunications equipment for a new intersection at Claremont Crescent and Stirling Road last night in a bid to reduce traffic congestion.

“Once we’ve got this out of the way we’ll probably have room to finalise the intersection’s design,” chief executive Liz Ledger said.

Daily commuting and school drop-off traffic banks up on the crescent, and the intersection is a bottleneck because of the challenges of making turns near the adjacent railway underpass on a narrow road with a nearby roundabout.

A report said potential designs at the intersection included a turning lane or roundabout, and the as-yet unfunded replacement provided an opportunity to model traffic patterns for the best result.

Moving the Telstra equipment on the north west of the intersection had been estimated to cost up to $800,000, but councillors accepted a new quote of $122,885 and changed the 2018-19 budget to pay for the work.

They rejected Cr Bruce’s Haynes proposal the move of the equipment be delayed until there was a complete design for the intersection.

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