A conversation has started with Calala residents about a plan next year to invest $800,000 to upgrade the intersection of Calala Lane and Campbell Road with a roundabout.
Residents are encouraged to drop in to one of two informal community information sessions in the Calala Inn carpark where Council's staff will be on hand to answer any questions.
These are scheduled for Wednesday 9 September between 2.30pm and 4pm, and Saturday 12 September between 10.30am and noon, and interested residents should simply drop in and have a chat.
I am sure Calala residents would be aware that the volume of local traffic through the intersection of Calala Lane and Campbell Road has been increasing as new residential development in the suburb continues.
The intersection of Calala Lane and Campbell Road has the highest volume of traffic movements in Calala, and a number of residents have raised concerns with Council about traffic congestion there.
We know the intersection will become even busier into the future, so Council is starting to move forward with plans now having identified it as a priority for an upgrade before it reaches capacity.
The new roundabout will not only improve access to and from Campbell Road but make the intersection safer for drivers and pedestrians.
It will be a three-way roundabout with the centre positioned slightly north of the current road centreline towards Campbell Road. All proposed works will be within the existing road reserve.
This week members of the project team met with some residents and owners of property adjacent to the intersection to start discussions about the project.
Preliminary design work has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
While this work continues, we want to gather information from Calala residents and drivers about what may help improve the design.
This project is an important investment in Calala, and we aim to start construction in early 2021.
It is being funded using developer contributions as part of Council's 2020-2021 Annual Operation Plan.
You can find more information on this project by visiting the MyTRC Online Community at www.yourvoice.tamworth.nsw.gov.au, where you can ask questions of the project team and sign up to receive notifications on project updates.
Claire Turnor is a TRC Projects Engineer.