Painting The Town Red
28 July 2018
THE State Government and Inverell Shire Council are working together to make three problem intersections in Inverell safer.
Traffic calming works are being installed at the hot spots thanks to a grant of $152,000 from the New South Wales Government’s Safer Roads program, funding that is being matched by Council.
This week, high-visibility coloured surface treatments have been installed at the intersections of Mansfield and Ross Streets, Mansfield and Ross Streets and Wood and Oliver Streets.
Mayor Paul Harmon says the works follow several near misses at the intersection and requests from neighbouring businesses concerned about the safety of road users.
“Council undertook a survey of each site and examined factors such as crash history, near misses and reported accidents”.
“While there’s stop and giveway signs in place at the intersections, there’s been a number of incidents where motorists fail to do so”.
We engaged specialists to help determine the most suitable treatments that would reduce accidents at these locations and also improve safety for road users, including cyclists”.
The result has been the installation of what’s called a ‘threshold treatment’ – a brightly coloured asphalt at each intersection to alert motorists and remind motorists to slow down, stop and give way.
“We’re confident that the newly installed traffic islands in the middle of the roads and the bright red road surface will prompt motorists to take care at the intersection”.
“Council is certainly very grateful for the support of NSW Roads and Maritime Services with this project and helping make Inverell streets safer”.
Works are expected to be completed in July.