Katherine’s most flawed roundabout is finally receiving the fix-up it deserves.
Notorious for its recurring pot holes, $138,474.50 is expected to be spent on the Lindsay St roundabout as well as the ineffectual adjacent pedestrian crossing.
While it is expected that the high traffic, high pedestrian area is to be repaired and updated, council members are still concerned more needs to be done.
Alderman John Zelley said he is more concerned about the crossing than the roundabout.
“The road around the roundabout is not too bad, but the crossing is unsafe and it needs to be designed differently,” he said.
Katherine Mayor Fay Miller agreed saying the section of road is dangerous for the many tourists who use it to get from their parked caravans to the Woolworths Complex.
“Tourists tend to be the ones crossing, we need something else to keep people from crossing dangerously,” she said.
Katherine Town Council CEO Rob Jennings said council would be looking for a better solution.
A Katherine Town Council spokeswoman said the Lindsay Street roundabout fix-up is part of the CBD revitalisation project, which was announced in July.
Council is hoping to contribute a further $1 million to the CBD project, which they say includes funding the Lindsay Street roundabout fix-up, the spokeswoman said.
“[Council is] hoping to contribute $1 million from council cash and in-kind contributions. The first element of this contribution was confirmed [Tuesday night] at the council meeting with the Lindsay Street roundabout pavement remediation of $138,474.50,” she said.
The Katherine Times has requested further information from Katherine Town Council about where the $1 million has come from and what it is expected to be spent on.
Earlier in the year, it was announced the dangerous Lindsay Street intersection would also be upgraded, thanks to $511,000 in black spot funding.