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The intersection of Howard and Nelson streets

Upgrade of Howard / Nelson Street intersection

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Works to make the Howard Street / Nelson Street intersection in central Warrnambool safer for all road users are under way.

The works include new traffic islands and pedestrian refuges, green bike lanes, a new footpath and lighting upgrades as well as kerb narrowing on each corner and the removal of trees.

The $187,000 upgrade is entirely funded by the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.

Three accidents have happened at the site over the past five years, with one involving a cyclist.

Warrnambool City Council Director City Infrastructure Scott Cavanagh said that an analysis of the site’s crash history suggested that improvements were required.

“All of the recent accidents at the intersection involved a vehicle on Nelson Street failing to give way, two of which were in dark and wet conditions,” he said.

“The lighting and traffic island upgrades will make it more obvious to drivers travelling along Nelson Street that they are approaching an intersection.

“The aim of the green bike lane is to make drivers more aware of cyclists travelling on Howard Street.

“Once complete, this upgrade will reduce the likelihood of accidents at the intersection for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.”

The upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of April.

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