Port Drive-Guy Street roundabout works delayed
Published on 25 May 2023
UPDATE, June 2, 2023
The roundabout work at Port Drive and Guy Street that was scheduled to commence at the end of May has been delayedand is scheduled to commence on Monday, June 12.
RoadLine Civil, the contractor engaged to carry out the work has an issue with plant availability in the region.
Work on installing a roundabout to make one of Broome’s most notorious intersections safer will commence at the end of this month.
The Shire has engaged Roadline Civil Contractors to carry out the works, which will include the demolition of the existing T-intersection to construct a roundabout.
The project is expected to run until October 12, 2023, during which time the intersection will be closed to traffic.
Specific road closures will include Port Drive between Reid Road and Dakas Street, and Guy Street west of Hunter Street.
Traffic will be diverted around surrounding roads, but access to St Mary’s Secondary College and the University of Notre Dame will be maintained.
The intersection, which includes a slip lane off Port Drive into Guy Street from the north, has seen at least nine serious accidents since 2016.
All but one, which involved a pedestrian, occurred during daylight conditions.
Broome Shire President Desiree Male said after delays caused by a shortage of available road construction companies in the Kimberley, it was pleasing to be able to engage Roadline Civil to carry out the much-needed work, now the prolonged wet season is out of the way.
“The Guy Street and Port Drive T-intersection has been the subject of a significant overrepresentation of crashes in the Shire of Broome,” Cr Male said.
“Due to its location near schools, the university and the light industrial area, it experiences busy morning and afternoon peak times, which have contributed to the accident rate.
Cr Male said she appreciated the four-month project will cause inconvenience, but said a traffic management plan would be in place to divert vehicles around the work or to alternative routes.
"There is a chance the roundabout may open temporarily between the roadbed beng laid and surfacing, but we can't promise this at this stage."
She thanked Main Roads WA for approving the Shire’s submission for $520,000 in State Black Spot funding and also providing a further $350,000 in Road Project Grant funding.
The $1.4M project also includes a $125,000 contribution from Roads to Recovery grant funding through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.