A Department of Main Roads image shows plans for traffic lights to be installed at a roundabout on Kawana Way.
A Department of Main Roads image shows plans for traffic lights to be installed at a roundabout on Kawana Way. Contibuted

Lights aim to speed up busy roundabout congestion

DO YOU prefer traffic lights or roundabouts?

Well you could soon have to negotiate both at a major Coast intersection.

Kawana Way motorists will be monitored as they approach Kawana Island Boulevard and if the new roundabout isn't coping, the power of lights will take over.

The roundabout will be fitted with red and amber signals as a part of current road upgrade works taking place near the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

A Department of Main Roads spokesman said the lights would be triggered when traffic queues extended beyond an "acceptable length”.

"When the signals are operating you may be stopped for a short time by a red light to allow other traffic to access the roundabout,” the spokesman said.

"When traffic is flowing, the signals will remain blank.

"The technique is known as roundabout metering.”

The department is also upgrading three other roundabouts on Kawana Way, but the Kawana Island Boulevard roundabout is the only one where lights will be installed.

Roundabout upgrade works are expected to be completed by early next year.


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