Improving pedestrian safety and bus stop access on University Drive at Waratah West

6 April 2018

The community is advised work to improve pedestrian safety will start next Monday on University Drive near Delauret Street at Waratah West.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the NSW Government has allocated $100,000 for pedestrian safety improvements which will involve installing a pedestrian refuge on University Drive to help pedestrians safely cross the busy road and improve access to bus stops in the area.

Roads and Maritime Services invited feedback on the proposal earlier this year and thanks the community and stakeholders who provided feedback on the project and other issues in the area.

“Feedback received was used to determine the final design and will be considered in other Roads and Maritime planning,” the spokesperson said.

“The new pedestrian refuge will allow pedestrians to safely navigate traffic as well as cross one lane of traffic at a time. Improvements will also involve installing concrete ramps and footpaths to improve access to the pedestrian refuge and bus stops.

“To ensure a safe and clear line of sight between pedestrians and motorists, the upgrade will require the removal of eight westbound and nine eastbound parking spaces.

“The removal of parking spaces will also provide bus drivers with more space to safely enter and exit the travel lane as they approach the westbound bus stop, and allow other motorists to safely pass the stopped bus.

“A power pole on the northern side of University Drive will also need to be relocated and a temporary footway will be provided near the pole until a concrete footpath can be installed later in the year.

“There will also be additional signs installed to remind motorists of the 60km/h speed limit on University Drive, as well as signs to caution motorists and pedestrians about driveways and pedestrian activity in Delauret Square.”

Work on this project will start on Monday 9 April from 8am to 4pm on weekdays. It is expected to be complete by late April, weather permitting.

For motorist and worker safety, lane closures and a 40km/h speed limit will be in place during work hours.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, follow the direction of signs and traffic control.

Roads and Maritime thanks motorists for their patience during this time.

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

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