WORKERS last night finished line marking on the roundabout at the corner of Hill and Dalton streets leaving the intersection open for traffic today.
Orange mayor John Davis thanked residents for their patience during the roundabout’s construction period.
“State government figures reveal in the five years to 2011 there’s been nine crashes at the intersection in which eight people were injured,” Cr Davis said.
“There’s been inconvenience for neighbours during construction but I’m sure drivers around Orange will welcome this new roundabout.”
The roundabout will provide two lanes for traffic moving along Hill Street and a single lane for traffic in Dalton Street.
Member for Orange Andrew Gee said the project, funded under the state government’s black spot program, was a good example of the partnership between state government and Orange City Council.
“Hill Street is the key north-to-south route from the main street to the botanic gardens and Dalton Street also has high traffic volumes from east to west in the city,” Mr Gee said.
“Local residents have reported many accidents at this intersection over the years and they’re delighted that these roadworks will improve road safety in Orange.”
The roundabout, built at a cost of $360,000, has a concrete base the same size as the one at the nearby Prince and Hill streets intersection.
As well as laying the concrete surface, an underground water main was relocated away from the intersection, drainage was improved and a new surface was added to the road in Hill Street.