Gorge Road and Silkes Road Junction Upgrade
The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (the Department) will be upgrading the Gorge Road junction with Silkes Road to improve traffic flow and safety for all road users.
The Gorge Road and Silkes Road Junction Upgrade project includes the installation of traffic signals at the Gorge Road and Silkes Road Intersection, Paradise. The project will also have benefits for the Gorge Road and Pattinson Road intersection (approximately 35 metres to the east).
This $3.6 million State Government funded Election commitment is being delivered to improve safety particularly for those turning right from Silkes Road onto Gorge Road. In the five year period between 2014 and 2018 inclusive, there were 14 crashes at the junction, with the majority right turn crashes for traffic accessing Gorge Road from Silkes Road.
Together with the installation of traffic lights, the junction upgrade will include:
- Signalisation of pedestrian crossings at the junction of Gorge and Silkes Roads.
- Widening along Gorge Road and at the corners of Gorge Road with both Silkes Road and Pattinson Road.
- An extension of the right turn lane from Gorge Road into Silkes Road.
- An extension of the right turn lane from Gorge Road into Pattinson Road.
- An extended storage lane for the right turn from Gorge Road into Pattinson Road
- Installation of a raised median to separate Gorge Road traffic turning right onto Silkes Road from traffic turning right onto Pattinson Road.
- Installation of a pedestrian refuge across Gorge Road and Pattinson Road.
- New LED lighting, pavement surfacing and line marking for the extent of the works.
Site Investigation Works
As part of the design development, site investigation works were undertaken in the vicinity of the intersection during November 2020.
Local Business Support
The Department is committed to working with businesses to minimise impacts that may result from construction activities. As part of the detailed design phase, the Department will engage with local businesses to ensure feedback from business owners is considered, and to understand how to best support the businesses during construction. Support for businesses will include project contact details, information, project notification, promotion and signage.
Community and Stakeholder Engagement
The Department held a community information session on Tuesday, 8 December 2020, at Paradise Primary School. Thank you to all local community members who attended to provide feedback and enable the project team to answer questions.
After considering the community feedback, whilst also taking into consideration project objectives, the concept plan has been updated to include:
- An extension of the storage lane for the right turn from Gorge Road into Pattinson Road.
- Installation of a pedestrian refuge across Gorge Road (located to the east of Pattinson Road).
Expected project timelines
Project design work will continue in the coming months with early works, including service relocations expected to commence early 2021. Major construction is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2021, with project completion expected late 2021, weather permitting.
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