Fannie Bay Traffic Management Upgrades

What is the challenge?

Recent traffic studies have revealed the need to improve traffic flow in the Fannie Bay  area, around the Dick Ward Drive and Philip Street/ Ross Smith Avenue intersections. These intersections are not currently functioning at optimal levels and there are long delays at certain times of the day.

With new developments in the area (both approved and expected), the levels of delay will soon cause significant inconvenience for all road users.

A number of local community members have requested that City of Darwin reviews traffic concerns in the neighbourhood. To plan for the long-term, Council is taking a proactive approach to addressing traffic issues before they become unmanageable and lead to negative impacts for all road users.

What is the best solution?

The City of Darwin has identified a design proposal for a new signalised intersection at Buntine Drive (Fannie Bay Race track entrance road) and an extension of Kurringal Court (view the design).

The proposed intersection upgrade is essential to service existing and new development in this area, and to ease current traffic flow issues. The intersection design shown overleaf provides the best outcomes for all users: vehicles, buses, pedestrians and bike riders.

Council will be seeking funding opportunities to implement the upgrades. Construction is expected to begin within 2-5 years.

View the Council report about the Fannie Bay North Traffic Strudy (from page 44 onwards).

What was the outcome of the Community Consultation?

In November and December 2015 Council consulted with the local Fannie Bay community and key stakeholders about this proposal.

There was strong support for the proposal from key stakeholder groups and the public.  Over 100 people attended the community information sessions and several comments were emailed to City of Darwin.  The majority of the comments were in support of the project, with only approximately five negative comments received. Feedback received:

  • There is strong support for the project from community members.
  • People support the idea, as long as traffic flows remain smooth and the intersection is designed to avoid delays.
  • There is strong support for no-parking zones at the intersections of Philip Street and Waratah Crescent.
  • While some community members were interested in a roundabout design, a roundabout is not a preferred traffic management solution for the current challenge and does not cater for all users: private vehicles, buses, pedestrians and bike riders.
  • The community was supportive of shared path and enhanced landscaping.  

What next?

In March 2016 Council decided to move ahead with the proposal.

Next steps include design of the intersection and road extension, as well as determining appropriate funding sources including a developer contribution plan

The project has been included in Council’s Long Term Capital Works program to occur within the five year time frame subject to funding.