Have your say on pedestrian safety improvements on Oakland Avenue at The Entrance

9 March 2018

The community is invited to provide feedback on a proposal to improve pedestrian safety on Oakland Avenue at The Entrance.

Member of the Legislative Council, The Honourable Taylor Martin MLC said the NSW Government has allocated $150,000 for a proposal to install a pedestrian refuge north of the Oakland Avenue and Ashton Avenue intersection to help pedestrians safely cross the road.

“The proposal also involves installing concrete footpaths, islands and pram ramps on both sides of the street to improve access to the new pedestrian refuge,” Mr Martin said.

“Not only will it improve access, the new refuge will also improve safety for pedestrians by allowing them to cross one direction of traffic at a time. This crossing will also provide a safer access to the local shopping precinct.

“Concrete islands will improve sight distance between motorists and pedestrians as they will provide motorists with a better view of pedestrians waiting to cross the road.

“To ensure there is enough line of sight for the safety of motorists and pedestrians crossing, the new pedestrian refuge would result in some loss of on-street parking spaces. Roads and Maritime will aim to reduce the loss of parking space wherever possible.

“One mature tree will also need to be removed to allow this work to be carried out. Additional trees on the western side of Oakland Avenue will be assessed by an arborist and may need to be removed or trimmed to allow installation of the footpath and pram ramps.”

The community is encouraged to send feedback by Friday 23 March to Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030 Newcastle NSW 2300.

“All feedback received will be taken into consideration with work expected to start mid-year, weather permitting.”

The community will continue to be kept updated as the project progresses.

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