Tenterfield pedestrian access and safety improvemet
25 November 2013
$455,000 for pedestrian access & safety improvements in Tenterfield CBD
Pedestrian safety and traffic flow through the Tenterfield central business district (CBD) is set to improve with a massive collaborative effort by NSW Roads and Maritime Services and Tenterfield Shire Council, according to Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall.
Mr Marshall said the NSW Government had allocated $455,000 to the Tenterfield Main Street Renewal Project for improvements to traffic and pedestrian safety and upgrading infrastructure on the town’s three main streets.
“There is a lot of pedestrian activity in Tenterfield and the out-dated facilities and traffic infrastructure does not meet current standards,” he said.
“The speed limit through the CBD will be reduced to improve pedestrian safety, as research has shown a pedestrian hit by a car travelling at 40 km/h has twice the chance of surviving than a car travelling at 50 km/h.
“Five new ‘gateways’ will be built to calm traffic entering the CBD and existing barrier walls which limit pedestrian access will be removed.
“Improvements will be made to pedestrian crossings to make it easier for people to cross at the Rouse Street intersection with Manners Street and at the intersection of Rouse and High streets and also at Bruxner Park.
“Upgrades to kerb alignments at these intersections include the relocation of access ramps and crossing points to safer locations.
“Existing islands and obstructions along the road will be removed and new pedestrian crossings marked to provide access to the historic School of Arts building.
Mr Marshall said work was scheduled to start next month and be completed by the end of April next year, weather permitting.
“Work will include resealing of roads and providing new line marking and delineation of parking spaces,” he said.
Tenterfield Shire Mayor Peter Petty said the joint State and local government project was a win for Tenterfield.
“Working together will allow us to make our town safer, improve roads, support local businesses and promote Tenterfield to the 2000 to 3000 vehicles which pass through each day,” Cr Petty said.
MEDIA: Adam Marshall 0429 440 054 or 02 6772 5552
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