Traffic improvements at Edgeworth
14 November 2011
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is seeking feedback from the community on proposed safety and traffic improvements on Main and Minmi roads, Edgeworth.
An RMS spokesperson said $350,000 has been provided under the Traffic Efficiency and the Road Toll Response programs to improve safety and traffic flow in response to crash history at this location.
“In the five years to December 2008 there were 19 crashes, including nine injury crashes at the intersection of Main and Minmi roads,” the spokesperson said.
“Since November 2008 there have been three pedestrians injured while crossing Main Road between Minmi Road and Callan Street.
“The proposal includes providing two right turn lanes for westbound traffic from Main Road into Minmi Road.
“Traffic counts have shown more than 450 vehicles an hour turn right into Minmi Road in the morning and afternoon peak. Installing an additional lane for right turning vehicles will improve traffic flow at this busy intersection.
“The installation of the additional right turn lane will affect on-street parking in the area.
“A 75 metre ‘no stopping’ zone will be installed on the western side of Minmi Road and 15 parking spaces will be removed on Main Road, next to the shopping centre. Parking will still be available on-site at the shopping centre.
“To improve pedestrian safety, RMS proposes to install pedestrian fencing in the Main Road median between Minmi Road and Callan Street.
“Pedestrians will be able to safely cross the road at the traffic lights at either Minmi Road or Callan Street.
“The proposal includes installing a new pedestrian crossing on the western side of the traffic lights at Main and Minmi roads to improve pedestrian access,” the spokesperson said.
Comments are invited on the proposal and can be submitted to RMS by post, email or phone until Monday 5 December.
Please direct feedback to:
Locked Bag 30, Newcastle NSW 2300
Phone: 02 4924 0260
A community update detailing the proposal will be distributed to local residents and is available to view at www.rms.nsw.gov.au