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Townsville City Council has secured federal Black Spot funding to improve the intersection of Sturt and Fletcher St in the city and the intersection of Bayswater Rd and Mooney St in Currajong.

Deputy Mayor and Infrastructure Services Committee chair Mark Molachino said both projects will be completed next month.

“We’ve had a number of issues at the intersection of Sturt St and Fletcher St as it’s a busy area,” Cr Molachino said.

“There are visibility issues as it’s off the side of the hill and the dance school and choral society bring more cars to the area.”

Cr Molachino said the centre island along Sturt St was being extended to limit the options for drivers travelling on Fletcher St.

“We’ve received almost $290,000 to upgrade the intersection – once the works are complete, motorists will only be able to turn left onto Sturt St so it will be much safer.

“We will also improve the carpark on Fletcher St to make the signage and line markings clearer.”

Division 8 councillor Maurie Soars said the council would use just over $200,000 in funding to decrease accidents and congestion at the intersection of Bayswater Rd and Mooney St.

“The upgrade will eliminate a long-term issue at this busy intersection,” Cr Soars said.

“We’re widening Mooney Street to create a second turning lane so drivers will be able to turn left and right from separate lanes which will improve the traffic flow.

“New concrete median strips will prevent drivers from cutting the corner so it reduces the risk of accidents – the median strips will also provide a refuge for pedestrians and cyclists.

“We’ve had crashes and a lot of near misses at this intersection and I’d like to thank the Federal Government for funding these improvements.”