Bayshore Drive roundabout

Bayshore Drive from drone view

 In 2017, a $2.6 million grant from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund was awarded to Council, contributing to the overall project budget of $5.7 million, for the construction of a new gateway roundabout at the intersection of Bayshore Drive and Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay.  This work started in April 2018. 

 

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The grant enables us to deliver this critical piece of infrastructure for our community, a lot sooner.  Once completed, the new roundabout will be of enormous benefit to local residents, business owners, employees and customers, as well as more than 20,000 motorists, who use the Bayshore Drive and Ewingsdale Road intersection on any given day.

Information sessions

Building a major intersection roundabout can take around 8-10 months to complete.  While the long-term benefits are substantial, Council understands that the impacts on local residents and businesses need to be understood and taken into account where possible.

Throughout the project, staff will be connecting with the community to inform you about the upcoming works and information around traffic disruptions, congestion and other issues.  

If you'd like to stay informed, or you have concerns, please come along to one of our information sessions. The dates and times are shown in the panel to the right of this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Council is constructing a roundabout at this intersection to promote traffic flow and alleviate congestion at one of Byron’s busiest intersections.  It is called a ‘gateway roundabout’ because it provides connection to the Arts & Industrial Estate and forms the entry point into Byron Bay. Council was awarded a $2.6M grant from the Australian Government under the Building Better Regions Fund grants program to construct the roundabout. This grant forms part of the total project budget of $5.7M.

The works started in late April 2018, and should be completed by Christmas 2018. Stage One will have minimal effect on traffic, because the Contractor will be constructing the portion of the roundabout to the south that is outside of the existing Ewingsdale Road traffic lanes. Stages Two and Three, expected to commence August and September, will involve detours via Sunrise Boulevard and potentially Banksia Drive to exit the Arts and Industrial Estate. Further information will be provided to affected residents and businesses closer to these stages.

The successful tenderer was SEE Civil Pty Ltd. They were selected through a competitive open tender process in which Council received three tenders, assessed and recommended the most advantageous tender for Council.

The new roundabout will look similar to the new roundabout at the Sunrise Boulevard/Ewingsdale Road intersection. It will have two lanes and will be constructed using Concrete. Council engaged the same landscape architect to design the landscaping so that it will be in line with the Sunrise Boulevard roundabout. It is Council’s intention to incorporate public art into the centre of this gateway roundabout. This will be managed by the Byron Shire’s Public Art Panel. They will design and conduct a process for procurement of the artwork.  Read more about the Public Art Panel here https://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Community/Arts-and-culture/Public-Art.

Council will be working with the Contractor to minimise any traffic delays as much as possible. Up to date staging information will be provided on Council’s website and Facebook pages and signage boards will be regularly updated to alert passing motorists to upcoming changes and delays.

Council is hoping to have this project open to traffic in time for Christmas 2018. As we get closer, Council will provide more information on any traffic impacts over the festive season.

This project will involve complex traffic management and staging, as well as asset relocations including Council water main, overhead power lines and Telstra services.  The relocation of these services is unavoidable and our focus is on getting the job done properly and as quickly as possible to minimise disruption.  Roundabouts can be constructed in shorter time-frames for many different reasons to do with the design and size of the roundabout, the number of lanes required, the land acquisition required and the need for relocating water/sewer infrastructure, power lines and other services.

Traffic modeling has been completed at this intersection, and along the length of Ewingsdale Road. This modeling indicates that a roundabout at the Bayshore Drive intersection would be the relevant intersection treatment to effectively alleviate traffic congestion and promote traffic flow.

Council applied for and received a grant from the Australian Government under the Building Better Regions Fund grant program for this roundabout. The grant is worth $2.6M to the community and that money must be spent on this roundabout. This project will also fix a well known congestion hot spot in our shire and assist all the residents, employees and business owners to enter and exit the Arts and Industrial Estate.

 Council is including a small, 12 metre southern leg to the roundabout because it is a lot more efficient and fiscally responsible to get this small section of concrete built now, rather than 5, 10 or 20 years down the track, if and when housing is approved.  (This is to minimise future traffic disruption and future costs to the community if and when this occurs.)

The funding grant is predicated upon the inclusion of a southern leg to provide future access to the newly zoned Industrial Land.