THE Telopea Way-Farrell Road intersection came online on Thursday afternoon, but residents have expressed doubts about whether the new traffic lights will improve congestion.
Orange mayor John Davis thanked residents for their patience while the lights were installed.
“I’d also urge regular drivers to take extra caution while they get used to the new patterns of traffic flow,” he said.
Cr Davis said a Roads and Maritime Services control box would co-ordinate the phasing of the lights.
“The RMS traffic monitoring centre in Sydney will also be able to monitor traffic flow at this intersection by a set of CCTV cameras that have been installed on site,” he said.
However, resident Richard Eggleston said it was ridiculous a local street intersection required control from Sydney.
“It demonstrates how bad the design is for traffic flow and safety,” he said.
With only four car lengths between the Telopea and Northern Distributor Road intersections, fellow resident Sandy Cook said the lights would have to be spot on to avoid congestion.
“Myself, I’ll be avoiding it at all costs - I’ll use Clergate Road,” she said.