Kerr Bentinck Street Intersection Upgrade

Ballina Shire Council has received $807,000 in funding through the NSW Government’s Safer Roads program to upgrade the intersection of Kerr and Bentinck Streets in Ballina.

The NSW Safer Roads Program targets sections of roads or intersections with a high casualty accident record.

Kerr Street is an arterial road with an average daily traffic volume of almost 18,000 vehicles per day, while Bentinck Street connects urban areas of Ballina to the CBD and The Coast Road.

With high traffic volumes on Kerr Street, it is difficult for road users using the intersection to find safe gaps in the traffic. This has resulted in a number of crashes at the intersection and injuries to motorists.

Traffic lights are considered the best option to improve safety for road users while minimising disruption to the traffic flows in Kerr Street.

The upgrade will improve motorist and pedestrian safety through the following works:

  • Installation of protected right-turn lanes from Kerr Street into Bentinck Street
  • Upgrade Kerr Street from two lanes to four, between Russell Street and Bentinck Street
  • Installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Kerr and Bentinck Streets, including signalised pedestrian crossings.

Works are expected to commence in the middle of the year and continue until December 2022.

The following traffic conditions are expected during construction:

  • Speed limit reduced to 40kmph through construction zones.
  • Single lane of traffic will remain open in both directions for the majority of the works.
  • Detours may be required for sections of the work, particularly during the installation of traffic signals. Council will update the community when more information is available.
  • Footpath closures and changes to property access may be necessary. This will be communicated closer to construction.

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