Rubber roundabout a first

Article image - Rubber roundabout a first A rubber roundabout like this is about to be installed at Bilambil Heights this week.

Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales, installed its first rubber roundabout as a test model on 4 October.

The rubber roundabout arrived from Victoria in segments on the back of a truck and was installed at the destination intersection in just one day.

The whole job will cost about $25,000.

In comparison, traditional concrete roundabouts take many months to construct and cost much more.

Two previously constructed roundabouts in Tweed cost $800,000, due to significant height and water issues during construction, and $223,000.

Both roundabouts were funded by the Federal Government under the Black Spot Program.

The intersection, which is the site of the rubber roundabout, does not have a significant enough crash history to allow an application for funding under the Black Spot Program but nevertheless does require traffic calming measures to be put in place.

Manager Roads and Stormwater, Danny Rose, said that Council had received many representations from the community over the potential crash risk at the intersection.