$12 million traffic lights project complete

South Morang residents test the pedestrian crossing at new traffic lights installed at the intersection of Findon Road and Ferres Boulevard.

A MULTIMILLION dollar Whittlesea City Council project to convert a roundabout into traffic lights at the intersection of Findon Road and Ferres Boulevard in South Morang is now complete.

Works on the busy intersection, used by motorists as a conduit between Mill Park and South Morang, aimed to improve access and help create a liveable, connected neighbourhood.

The $12 million spent on the removal of the roundabout made it council’s largest-ever road project.

The project included widening the approaches on Findon Road, Ferres Boulevard and The Lakes Boulevard, slip lanes, on-road bicycle lanes and footpaths.

Director of city transport and presentation Ben Harries said the traffic lights would help ease traffic 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,” he 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.”

Mr Harries said the new intersection would complement an upcoming Findon Road extension, which would provide an east-west link from Plenty Road to High Street.