Work will start on Monday on a new roundabout in Ontario Avenue, aimed at reducing traffic congestion and increasing safety for road users.

The roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Twelfth Street and Ontario Avenue and will be concrete in construction and include centre lighting. It is expected to take about three weeks to complete.

Councillor for Infrastructure and Transport Greg Brown said the roundabout would address two key issues.

“This intersection can often be difficult to negotiate and lead to congestion as drivers attempt to either enter or exit Twelfth Street at Ontario Avenue,” Cr Brown said.

“A roundabout will help keep traffic moving and make this intersection safer and easier to use.”

The works will require temporary road closures and disruption to traffic at certain times over the coming three weeks.

Drivers are asked to take note of any signage and traffic direction during this period.

Mayor of Mildura Cr Mark Eckel said that the intersection had poor vision for motorists as street car parking is at a premium because of  the nearby medical precinct, plus traffic growth associated with a new child care facility in 12th street and increasing school activity at the Mercy Centre in Riverside.

A number of Mildura Independent readers have suggested that other intersections to this one should have been given priority.

Suggestions have been  17th and Deakin, 16th and Deakin, 13th and Ontario,  Riverside and 11th Street, 12th Street and Walnut Avenue, along with 9th Street and Orange Avenue