Figures show fewer accidents at upgraded Barton Highway intersection

Ian Bushnell 22 January 2018 13
Barton Highway.

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The installation of traffic lights at the Barton Highway/Gundaroo Drive/William Slim Drive intersection has made the former roundabout safer, with new figures showing a dramatic fall in the number of accidents.

Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said the total number of crashes at the intersection had almost halved since the completion in April last year of the intersection’s $10 million upgrade, which was fully funded by the Australian Government under the Roads to Recovery Program.

Up to 46,000 vehicles travel through the Barton Highway intersection each day.

Ms Fitzharris said that between January and December 2017 a total of 47 accidents were reported at the intersection compared with an average of about 100 accidents per year from 2012-2015 prior to the works.

“The upgrade has delivered a big improvement for motorist’s safety and since the traffic lights became operational in December 2016 there have been no complaints regarding delays or queuing at the intersection,” Ms Fitzharris said.

“While the introduction of traffic lights to an intersection with a roundabout configuration took a while for motorists to get used to, the arrangement has significantly improved travel through the intersection, particularly for Crace residents.”

As well as traffic lights, the upgrade included an additional lane on all four of its approaches and through the intersection. The traffic signals have been coordinated to control traffic flows through the intersection and to balance the changing demands throughout the day.

The intersection improvements also provided on-road improvements for cyclists passing through the intersection on three approaches to the intersection. Cyclists approaching the intersection on the Barton Highway from the west have been taking advantage of the new shared-path bridge.

The improvements also included a bus priority lane through the roundabout in the east/west direction linking the Gungahlin and Belconnen town centres.

The Minister said the intersection’s performance would continue to be assessed during 2018 including crash data and travel patterns.

“The range of roadworks across the Gungahlin district impact the travel patterns of drivers through the network, so full appreciation of the impact and effectiveness of the intersection improvements will not be clear until these works are completed,” Ms Fitzharris said.

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13 Responses to Figures show fewer accidents at upgraded Barton Highway intersection
Stev loc Stev loc 10:48 pm 07 Mar 18

Much cautious now when passing to Barton Highway. Looking much confusing now for me. Although, the good news is showing low accident after the upgrade. Seems just need to be cautious and follows the traffic rules. Definitely will share my thoughts of my experience when passing Barton highway.


dukethunder dukethunder 6:43 pm 25 Jan 18

Just don’t live in gungahlin. Problem solved

Grimm Grimm 10:25 am 25 Jan 18

That “upgrade” is an abortion that just backs traffic up all down both sides of the Barton Highway every day.

If you need traffic lights on a roundabout, please, hand in your license. That will prevent accidents.

Peter McDonald Peter McDonald 2:59 pm 24 Jan 18

A proper fly over would have been a better long term answer.

Archie Mac Archie Mac 11:43 pm 23 Jan 18

I never had a problem before the lights

    Peter McDonald Peter McDonald 2:57 pm 24 Jan 18

    Yes it was just idiots driving too fast who crashed.

    Archie Mac Archie Mac 3:07 pm 24 Jan 18

    Yeah, I wonder how they would have faired before all the lights had arrows

Morgan Hitchcock Morgan Hitchcock 11:13 pm 23 Jan 18

I find that people run more red lights because they aren’t looking at the correct light. I find I have to concentrate a lot more on drivers coming at me from multiple directions.

Lisa Stuart Lisa Stuart 7:37 pm 23 Jan 18

Its WAY better than what was there before :D

Shannon Keith Shannon Keith 7:08 pm 23 Jan 18

You just have to be careful of the people who think roundabout rules still apply. Nearly went up the back of someone when they slammed on thinking they had to give way to the right when they actually had a green light.

Steve Whan Steve Whan 6:41 pm 23 Jan 18

So, I'm confused:

Why is there even a roundabout there at all, couldn't they have just upgraded the intersection to a normal one with the lights???

    Justin Watson Justin Watson 8:27 pm 23 Jan 18

    Would have cost a lot more to rebuild the intersection. Also Traffic flow on this can be controlled in different ways, no need to hold up traffic for right turning traffic as they just sit in the roundabout until the lights change.

Terry Cooper Terry Cooper 6:15 pm 23 Jan 18

While I’ll admit I was very cynical about this upgrade, I have to admit it is now a much better traverse than it used to be, and safer.

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