Traffic lights part of Woolies package

Wednesday December 11th 2013

Traffic lights part of Woolies package

Motorists on Mossman’s Front Street will likely have to contend with traffic lights outside the upgraded Woolworths complex when it opens next year, according to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

“TMR has been working with a developer [Town and Country Ltd] over the proposed upgrade of Woolworths at Mossman,” a Transport and Main Roads spokesperson told The Newsport.

“As the development directly accesses the state-controlled road network, the developer must satisfy TMR that the proposed access complies with our safety and performance guidelines.

“At this point in time, the developer has submitted its preferred design for a signalised intersection.”

In October, Woolworths Limited Corporate and Public Affairs spokesperson, Bianca Agius, said the new 3800sqm Woolworths, currently under construction, will create 40 jobs and boast "a large market feel fresh area, in-store bakery, deli and seafood counter."

“We are also including our new pizza bar, where customers can either pick up one of our pizzas, made in-store daily, or have one made up from a selection of toppings," Ms Agius said.

Though the new complex will need a system to reduce the predicted traffic congestion, some community members are up in arms over the traffic lights news.

“This is a very small town which attracts people because of its natural beauty,” said a Mossman resident.

“Why can't there be another roundabout?”

Member for Cook David Kempton said as the application was submitted by a private developer, public consultation isn’t possible.

The TMR spokesperson said the department has provided some feedback to the developer’s design and is waiting for more information to help with its review.