Safety First On Sandymount
New crossings to enable pedestrians to cross the road safely have been installed by Bass Coast Shire Council at the Sandymount Avenue and Dixon St Intersection in Inverloch.
Townsend Ward Councillor Jordan Crugnale said the project aim was to improve safety for children on their direct route to school.
“A lot of children walk and ride to school from the west of Inverloch as far as Ullathornes Road and it is also popular for cyclists and pedestrians, especially with the entrance to the Recreation Reserve and short cut through Bolding place into our town centre" Cr Crugnale said.
“The issue with this intersection was vehicle speed and visibility being on the downside of a hill.”
Council has constructed two pedestrian refuge islands with footpath connections including signage and line marking, enabling pedestrians to cross the road in stages.
“We are working on a whole of town approach with the view that everyone can move around Inverloch safely and, importantly, children can be that little bit more independent in getting to school, skatepark and the library on their own,” Cr Crugnale said.
“This has been a local priority for a number of years and I thank the local school, parents, elderly and community who have written to me and advocated to get this project funded and completed.”
Local resident and mother, Karen Bateman, praised Council’s works.
“It’s made it so much safer for the children walking and riding to school,” Ms Bateman said.
Cr Crugnale said the green coloured surface treatment will highlight the presence of a bicycle lane and improve visibility for cyclists riding around the area.
“The coloured treatment will help motorists see the bicycle lane more clearly and reduce the potential for accidents between bicycles and other vehicles,” Cr Crugnale said.
The $66,000 project was funded by the Local Government Infrastructure Program.