A KEY intersection in the main street of Port Douglas is getting a makeover.

New tropical garden beds, better accessibility and improved traffic flow are among a suite of features earmarked for the Macrossan St and Owen St intersection upgrade.

Construction will start this financial year with Macrossan St to remain open and minimal pedestrian/traffic diversions in place for a section of Owen St.

Durack Civil Pty Ltd was awarded the tender at an Ordinary Council Meeting this week.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the upgrades would improve safety and visual appeal at the site.

“The intersection has always been a bit awkward at the best of times,” he said.

“Getting this important work done on our famed tourist strip will make it safer for everyone walking or driving in the area.”

Main design features include:

Traffic Improvements:

  • Narrowing the intersection at Owen St to prevent illegal u-turns and corner cutting.
  • Straightening centreline on Owen Street through the intersection to improve vehicle movement and safety.

Pedestrian Improvements:

  • Removal of the north western stairs leading to Macrossan Street and replacement with a ramp, improving all abilities access.
  • Narrowing the intersection at Owen St to provide greater protection to pedestrians and a shorter distance to cross the road.
  • Install concrete kerb ramp on Macrossan Street to align with the receiving kerb ramp on the opposite side of the street.

Landscaping Improvements:

  • New garden beds with tropical landscaping generally mirroring the existing landscaping on the opposite side of the intersection; and

Drainage Improvement