Kerr Street Upgrade

 

Kerr Street Duplication

Council has started construction works to duplicate Kerr Street between River Street and Bentinck Street, Ballina. Once duplicated, this section of road will complete the ‘missing link’ on Kerr Street, resulting in dual lanes from Tamarind Drive to River Street. This upgrade will:

  • Improve traffic flow to meet current and future traffic volumes
  • Decrease travel times
  • Improve pedestrian accessibility and motorist safety.

These works will result in the following changes to existing turning lanes and parking arrangements:

  • Holden Lane will become left in/left out only (no right turn onto Kerr Street)
  • Webster Lane will become left in/left out only (no right turn onto Kerr Street)
  • Dedicated turning lanes at Crane and Swift Street will improve motorist safety.
  • No parking on the eastern side of Kerr Street between Webster Lane and Bentinck Street (Once the new traffic lights are installed at Bentinck Street/Kerr Street there will be no parking from Webster Lane to Fox Street).
  • No parking on the western side of Kerr Street between Tamar Street and Crane Street.
  • Marked parallel parking bays will be formalised between Crane Street and Swift Street.
  • The pedestrian crossing at Swift Street and Kerr Street will be removed.
  • Pedestrian access to the western side of Kerr Street will be via Crane and Burnet Street.

During construction

Construction works commenced on 7 November and will continue through to end of January 2023. During construction speed limits will be reduced, traffic control will be in place and work hours will be from 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Every effort will be made to maintain resident access, although, at times, access may be altered or unavailable for short periods. Council’s contractor will communicate directly with impacted property owners.

Following this stage of works, Council will begin upgrading the Kerr Street and Bentinck Street intersection, which includes the installation of new traffic lights. This stage of works will be completed in mid-2023. See below for more information. 

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Kerr Bentinck Street Intersection Upgrade

Ballina Shire Council has received funding through the NSW Government’s Safer Roads program to upgrade the intersection of Kerr and Bentinck Streets in Ballina. This work is scheduled to begin February 2023 and continue through to mid-2023. 

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.

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. 
  • Footpath closures and changes to property access may be necessary. This will be communicated closer to construction.

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