Road User Safety a focus for Council

Council has been successful in obtaining funding from the Tasmanian Government as part of their Vulnerable Road User Program.

The Grant will be used to install a pedestrian refuge island to establish a singular crossing point Hobart Road.

Mayor Ben Shaw says this is a win for both the community and Council.

“Thanks to the State Government, this funding will allow us to address this high-risk area for accidents and near misses, especially for people as they cross the road to and from catching the bus to Hobart. Well done to the infrastructure team for successfully obtaining this Grant which will allow Council to make improvements to local infrastructure without hitting the Council, or the community’s, pockets.”

The obtaining of the Grant follows the successful applications to have the speed limit reduced on Glenora Road and Cawthorns Lane earlier this year (2020).

Garry Bailey, Chair of the Road Safety Advisory Council has congratulated Council on the decision.

“These are excellent examples of local government examining the evidence, seeking community input and making decisions in the best interests of health and wellbeing of the community as a whole”.

He also commended Council’s consultative and extensive communications approach.

“The strong message from your consultative process is that most citizens want safer roads and the speed limits that are appropriate to the road conditions are a crucial weapon in preventing death and serious injury”.

About $800,000 in Tasmanian Government funding this financial year will help reduce casualties through infrastructure improvements that reduce the risk of motor vehicles colliding with pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

This latest round of funding will support another 19 safety projects across the state, including raised crossings, pedestrian refuge islands, intersection reconfigurations, accessible disability parking, junction sealing, new footpaths, kerb extensions and electronic school speed signage.

It is expected the pedestrian refuge island will be installed in early 2021.

Source: Derwent Valley Council