Monday, June 17, 2024

Upgrades for accident-prone Maryborough intersection

A number of safety improvements will be carried out at the accident-prone intersection of Nolan and Napier Streets in Maryborough, Central Goldfields Shire Council has announced.

Council said staff have been working with the Department of Transport (formerly VicRoads) and local businesses in the vicinity of the intersection to address the safety concerns raised by the community.

Initial actions that are planned to be implemented include:

  • Improve intersection sight distance along Napier Street by means of altering the no parking zone and formalising carparking by providing line marking.
  • Address the traffic flow to the Metro Service Station – this is to be addressed by the operators of the service station installing signage to encourage one way entry from Nolan Street and exit onto Napier Street.

The works are expected to commence in the next month.

These actions are in response to Council, in September 2021, engaging Driscoll Engineering to undertake a review of the intersection in response to community safety concerns.

Central Goldfields Shire Maryborough Ward Councillor, Gerard Murphy said it was great to see some improvements will be made at the intersection in response to community concern.

“Since being elected I’ve had numerous residents come to me with genuine safety concerns. It is a busy intersection with a mix of vehicle and pedestrian traffic,” he said.

“As a Council we’re committed to doing what we can to ensure the safety of our community and it’s great that we will see some works carried out by Council.

“We will continue to advocate to the Victorian Government to see further improvements but for now – we are hopeful that these improvements will increase community safety.  

“We look forward to seeing these improvements made over the coming months.”

The potential for the upgrade of the intersection has also been submitted to the Department of Transport (DoT) as an expression of interest for funding under the Federal Blackspot Program 2023-24 to further improve safety.

The progression for any future upgrade works sits with DoT as the responsible authority, and officers will continue to provide any support to them to facilitate delivery of this upgrade, Council said in a statement.

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