11 March 2022

More crossings, fewer parks as Moruya road safety program extended

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New raised pedestrian crossings on Church and Queen Streets add to road safety initiatives already in place for Moruya’s CBD. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Eurobodalla Shire Council will extend its successful pedestrian and traffic safety program in the Moruya central business district.

In the past year, raised crossings have been installed on Shore and Ford streets and at a roundabout at the intersection of Ford Street and Ford Lane – measures that slow drivers down and make life easier and safer for pedestrians in the area.

Council’s director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe OAM said the additional measures would see Moruya become even more welcoming.

“With support from the Moruya Business Chamber, council has secured $280,000 from the NSW Government,” Mr Sharpe said.

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“The extra money allows for raised pedestrian crossings to be installed on Church and Queen streets. They work to physically slow traffic and complement the inclusion of these streets in the 30 kph speed limit zone.

“Research tells us that a pedestrian hit by a car going 30 kph is 90 per cent more likely to survive than if hit by car at 40 kph.

“The raised crossings include kerb blisters that narrow the road and offer additional space for safer access. They also present opportunities for outdoor dining and landscaping.”

The Church Street crossing will be located near the Moruya Health Café, the Queen Street crossings will be located between Woolworths and The Reject Shop (with the taxi rank retained), and near the French Hot Bread bakery.

Mr Sharpe said installation of the crossings would require an overall loss of 16 parking spaces.

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“We recognise parking is important but there will still be well over 1000 car spaces in the Moruya CBD to support shoppers and workers,” he said.

“That doesn’t include the many small private parking areas.

“To help offset the loss, we’ll ensure parking availability close to shops by providing consistent two-hour on-street parking. We’ll also add a requested dedicated bicycle parking area close to cafes and shops.”

Mr Sharpe said an additional median, right-turn bay and crossing refuge point would be installed on Ford Street to assist traffic flow and improve pedestrian access to IGA.

The upgrade will be funded under the NSW Government’s High Pedestrian Activity Area Speed Management Program and delivers on key actions from the Eurobodalla Road Safety Plan 2019-22.

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