Councillors have approved the purchase of a 5.22sqm area of land at a cost of $10,300 plus the associated cost of land acquisition, from the owners of the Sapphire Waters Inn, Merimbula Drive in relation to the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Merimbula Drive, Sapphire Coast Drive and Reid Street.
The junction is recognised as a dangerous intersection and works are being funded under the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Black Spot program. The program is split equally between 50 per cent RMS and 50 per cent council funded, council said. The construction of the new roundabout forms an important part of the proposed Merimbula bypass which is scheduled for construction in this financial year 2014/2015.
Council’s group manager transport and utilities, Wayne Sartori said that it was council’s intent to start work on the roundabout before the season started and to finish by Christmas. But he explained that council was in the hands of utility companies who had to move underground services at the site.
The initial stage of Telstra relocation has been completed under the portion of land to be acquired, council said.
The ownership of the land is to be transferred to council with all costs associated with acquisition, compensation and transfer of land to be met by council.
It is 17 years since the community first raised safety concerns regarding traffic management at this intersection with the council and requested the installation of a roundabout.