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How traffic flowed through the Five Ways Miranda in the 1960s

Who can remember what the Five Ways at Miranda was like in the 1960s?

An aerial photo shows Port Hacking Road as the main road through the intersection, providing an uninterrupted drive between Sylvania and Caringbah.

Small circular feeder roads provided a roundabout of sorts.

The photo is one of thousands relating to the early years of Sutherland Shire in the council libraries' digitalised and interactive local history collection.

Traffic lights were introduced at some later stage before a full roundabout was constructed in 1983.

The term Five Ways was not used in Leader reports on the project on February 23 and April 20, 1983, so, presumably, it came into vogue at a later date.

"Work started last week on the first stage of an $83,000 project to make safer the intersection of Port Hacking Road, the Boulevarde and Kiora Road, Miranda," the first report said.

"The existing traffic layout was designed before the opening of Captain Cook Bridge in 1965, which changed traffic patterns in the area.

"The result has been long delays for the Boulevarde traffic and a bad accident record on the circulating roadway.

"Mr W R Robb State MP (Labor Miranda) said the NSW Traffic Authority expected the new roundabout, which would be on trial, to eliminate these problems.

"Workmen began last week to remove existing traffic signals and to install temporary splitter islands on the approach roads.

"The roadway through the centre island will be closed and replaced by an 11 metre wide circulating roadway".

Two months later, the director of the NSW Traffic Authority Harry Camkin said the intersection was now capable of handling 40,000 vehicles a day.

In 2002, after becoming the state's worst intersection for minor accidents, the roundabout was removed and replaced by traffic lights.

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