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EABs improve Blackwood roundabout safety

EABs improve Blackwood roundabout safety
November 7, 2022
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The installation of nine energy absorbing bollards (EABs) at South Australia’s City of Mitcham Blackwood roundabout will provide pedestrians greater safety in this area.

This busy roundabout precinct was identified it could pose a safety risk to pedestrians due to the high volume of traffic experienced during peak travel times.

The City of Mitcham engineers engaged the Roadside Services and Solutions team to review the area to install nine EABs to mitigate risk.

Roadside Managing Director Craig Woods said when the team was onsite and undertaking the excavation work, they found several irrigation pipelines across the position where the boreholes needed to be drilled.

“It’s important we do all our Dig Before You Dig due diligence on every job, because underground infrastructure needs to be isolated and protected on all these jobs,” Craig Woods said.

“These needed to be reconfigured, so in discussion with council’s irrigation department, we were permitted to redirect them around the bollard’s concrete footing.

“We were still able to restore the irrigation system to continue operating,” Craig Woods said.

The nine EABs which were installed were powder-coated in a maroon colour, or to be exact, Colorbond Claret Red, to match the existing nearby infrastructure of light poles and other EABs in place to ensure the installation did not look like a retrofit, but was sympathetic to other site facilities.

The project was completed on time and on budget. Pedestrians and motorists now have a better road and safety treatment in the area which provides confidence and to all road users.

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