How does the chicken cross the road? In the NSW South Coast village of Mogo, it doesn’t.
The popular tourist town is split down the middle by the Princes Highway, making crossing the road for shoppers – or chickens – a difficult process.
Transport for NSW is currently exploring ways to make Mogo safer for pedestrians, to help local businesses, support tourism and allow residents to easily access the town centre. It has launched an online survey to get public input into what can be done to improve safety and connectivity in and around Princes Highway.
Some business owners favour a pedestrian crossing, while others fear that will simply create a roadblock on a highway that is already under severe stress during peak periods. Instead, they are pushing for a set of timed traffic lights to control the flow of foot traffic across the road.
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Without doubt, something needs to be done – and quickly.
Devastated by bushfire and knocked about by COVID-19 restrictions, Mogo businesses have had to be resilient to survive 2020.
The Black Summer bushfires destroyed all but five shops on the creek side of Princes Highway and now shoppers are reluctant to cross the road because of traffic. With a bumper Christmas holiday period on the cards, it’s only likely to get worse.
Amanda’s of Mogo is one of the oldest businesses in the town, having operated for 22 years. Amanda’s mother, Stephanie, says it’s important the government acts quickly before there’s an accident.
“I’m quite sure there have been near misses,” she says. “People come in and say, ‘I thought I was going to get run over.’
“There is so much traffic coming through now. It’s always been a problem in holiday time, but now it’s all day. You see little old ladies trying to get across and it’s really quite scary.
“It’s like hitting your head against a brick wall trying to get something through the state government. I know they hate putting pedestrian crossings on highways, but there’s one in Milton and in Ulladulla now so there’s a precedent for it.”
Linda Pawley, owner of Indo Direct, says she’s not sure what the answer is but knows action needs to be taken, and fast.
“It needs to be some lights or a crossing – whatever keeps the traffic flowing,” she says.
“The Mogo Lolly Shop is across from us and we see people running across the road with kids, and dangerous trucks are coming down the road. And older people can’t run across the road.
“The roads are just busier all the time now. I think it almost needs a man with a lollipop sign in holiday periods.”