DISRUPTIONS to traffic at Campbell and Dundas Streets is the result of a project aimed at addressing safety concerns raised by local schools.
According to Young Shire Council Director of Operations Dirk Wymer, the objective of the current project is to provide a kerb blister treatment at the crossing point in Dundas Street.
This work will reduce the width of road pavement the school students need to cross as they commute to school.
It comes as a result of meetings between the council and Roads and Maritime Services (formerly the RTA) held to pinpoint safety issues and find solutions to fix them.
“There are also safety advantages in moving the crossing point from immediately adjacent to the intersection,” Mr Wymer said.
Mr Wymer said the work may also reduce speeds around the crossing area due to the perceived narrowing of traffic lanes.
Under the project, which is funded through the council and the RMS, there have already been changes to parking arrangements in Bruce and Allanan Streets at Young Public School.
Construction of a kerb blister island on Campbell and Gordon Streets has reduced the width of the road school students are crossing, creating a single crossing point for students. It also acts to slow traffic down to a safer speed.
Works began during the school holidays to correspond with the beginning to term two.
“The infill on the kerb islands to the south is being completed this week and the design of the northern island is being adjusted to suit a potential development on this side of the road and there will be a construction delay while this process is completed,” Mr Wymer said.
The project is expected to be completed within two weeks.