Speed Zone and Pedestrian Reviews Underway

Published on 13 April 2018

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A speed zone review in Adelong and an assessment of pedestrian movements within the Batlow CBD will be made by Council in a bid to improve road safety within each township.

At their March Ordinary Meeting Councillors agreed to recommendations made by the Local Traffic Committee in regards community concerns around road safety in Adelong and Batlow due to speeding vehicles.

Council Director Assets and Infrastructure Matt Christensen said long standing concerns from the communities and businesses around speeding and overtaking were the catalyst for the recommendations.

“The Traffic Committee had received written and verbal requests from locals around the safety of pedestrians and drivers in both Adelong and Batlow,” Mr Christensen said.

The long standing issues in Adelong relate to the frequency of motorists overtaking heavy vehicles in Tumut Street within the Adelong CBD.

“Many motorists attempt to overtake heavy vehicles on Tumut street, between Campbell and Havelock streets, which is an extremely high risk activity in the main street,“ Mr Christensen explained.

“We have written to the Roads and Maritime Services requesting they undertake a speed zone review to look at reducing the zone from 50km/h to a 40km/h zone,” Mr Christensen said.

Council is also looking into remedial actions to help improve pedestrian safety around the Batlow CBD.

Mr Christensen said Council staff would be undertaking a detailed assessment of pedestrian movements in and around the Batlow CBD over the next while.

“The assessment will then be used to develop a scope of works for funding opportunities,” said Mr Christensen.

Council will work with the RMS to seek out State funding streams for funding assistance to implement a pedestrian refuge facility in the Batlow CBD.

For more information on road safety please contact Council’s Road Safety Officer Anthony Webb on 6941 2528.