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Lava St crossing, Amanda Suckling, Rob Lo Ricco, Tanya Egan and Michael Neoh

Pedestrian safety boosted in Lava St

News Article Date: 
Monday, 20 October 2014

Pedestrian safety and mobility will be improved with the installation of a pedestrian crossing in Lava St midway between Kepler and Liebig streets.

The mid-block crossing will include pedestrian-operated traffic signals and painted crossing lines on the road surface.

Construction of the crossing, which has a budget of $240,000, will start on October 20.

Warrnambool City Council Manager City Renewal Tanya Egan said the need for the crossing was first identified in the City Centre Structure Plan, adopted by Council in mid-2012.

“The crossing will provide a safe link between the busy north and south retail sections of Lava St,” Ms Egan said.

“The mid-block crossing follows the examples in Liebig and Koroit streets which are popular with shoppers in the city centre.”

Weather permitting, work on the new crossing will be completed by the end of November with commissioning of the signals to occur in early December.

With the exception of brief periods where electrical work takes place, two-way traffic will be maintained during construction.

Pedestrian reserves created around the crossing will mean the loss of eight car parking spaces – four on the north side of the street and four on the south.

“There will be some inconvenience while the work is carried out but we are confident that at the end of the project we will have a street that is safer and more accessible for pedestrians including people with prams or in wheelchairs,” Ms Egan said.

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