Switch flicked on lights at Whittlesea’s most congested intersection

Tess and Sharron at the intersection with the new lights. (Supplied) 211862_01

By Laura Michell

Whittlesea’s most congested roundabout has been replaced by traffic lights.

Whittlesea council recently completed $12 million in works to convert the roundabout at Findon Road and Ferres Boulevard in South Morang into traffic lights.

The busy intersection is used as a gateway to Mill Park and South Morang.

The works, which were council’s largest ever road project, included widening the approaches on Findon Road, Ferres Boulevard and The Lakes Boulevard, slip lanes, on-road bicycle lanes and footpaths.

The council’s city, transport and presentation director, Ben Harries, said the traffic lights will help ease congestion and improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

“The roundabout was the most heavily congested local road intersection in the municipality, so we are thrilled to have delivered traffic lights for the community,” Mr Harries said.

“A road project of this size, scale and complexity is usually only delivered by the state government’s Department of Transport (VicRoads) or Major Roads Projects Victoria.

“Projects like this are what matters to the community -– getting them home safely and quickly.

“We sincerely thank drivers and pedestrians for their patience during the construction.”

The new intersection will complement the upcoming Findon Road extension, which will provide an east-west link from Plenty Road to High Street.