WORK on a new roundabout at an accident-plagued intersection will begin in July as development on the northern-side of town continues to boom.
Phil Betts, chair of the Tamworth Regional Council traffic committee, said work on the new roundabout at the intersection of Moore Creek Road and Browns Lane should begin early in the new financial year.
Cr Betts is also on the Joint Regional Planning Panel which recently approved the construction of a $42 million aged care facility near the intersection.
Council received funding in April from the federal government to finally install a roundabout at the junction, whcih has been the source of rancour and petitions from the community.
“The work will be commenced very soon,” Cr Betts told The Leader.
“It will be completed before the aged care facility.”
He said the Moore Creek precinct was currently being reviewed by the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS).
The road stretches from Manilla Road to Upper Moore Creek Road and Cr Betts said the route had a “multitude” of speed limits which ranged from 80km per hour, down to 40km per hour in school zones.
“The RMS is undertaking the study on the whole precinct out there,” he said.
“My preference would be 60km the whole way, excluding school zones.”
RSL LifeCare, aims to build 57 self-contained units for seniors and a 62-room, two-storey residential care facility, including a dementia wing, a community centre and a bowling green.
The council backed the development at its ordinary meeting of April 24.