The pre-Easter opening of the new Batemans Bay Bridge is on track, with Eurobodalla Shire Council now moving to improve parking and pedestrian safety in Clyde Street in preparation.
The work, between North Street and the T-wharf car park entrance, will involve reconfiguring parking spaces from 45-degree angle parks to 90 degrees.
The change will allow for new traffic arrangements for Batemans Bay Bridge, and will create an extra nine parking spaces.
Two raised pedestrian crossings will also be installed on Clyde Street – one near the picnic shelter and another adjacent to the public toilets.
The crossings will help reduce the speed of passing traffic and provide safer passage for pedestrians and vehicles entering and exiting the car park.
During the work, Clyde Street will operate under traffic control between Princes Highway and North Street.
Council will also undertake night works to ensure the project is complete by the Easter school holidays.
Parking will not be available within the construction site while the works are underway. The path along the foreshore will also be closed.
Meanwhile, Eurobodalla Shire Council is also starting important road works in Moruya.
Ford Street will be closed for three nights when a roundabout is installed at the Ford Lane intersection.
The roundabout will improve traffic flow and create safer travel on the busy road that leads to Moruya’s two major supermarkets.
To reduce construction time and impact on traffic, the roundabout’s centre island has been built offsite and will be installed during three consecutive nights starting on Sunday, 21 March, weather permitting.
Work will begin at 7 pm and is expected to be finished by 6 am. During the three nights, the southern end of Ford Street will be closed to through-traffic between the highway and the IGA supermarket car park entry.
Ford Lane, which is the access to Woolworths supermarket from Ford Street, will also be closed during the night work with no exit onto Ford Street. Detours will be in place, and access to both supermarkets will be via Queen Street.
During the day, Ford Street and Ford Lane will have traffic control in place, with vehicles limited to left-in or left-out from Ford Lane.
While the roundabout works are underway, council will take the opportunity to also strengthen the road pavement.
Commuters should allow extra time to travel through the area.
Every effort will be made to minimise noise, but residents may hear heavy machinery operating.
The roundabout works are funded through a NSW Government road safety grant.