Hilltops Council’s Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) for the Young area is strategically targeting improved pedestrian facilities in high volume pedestrian use areas such as medical precincts, schools and the Young central business precinct.
Works have started on improved pedestrian safety at the Boorowa Street – Thornhill Street roundabout.
The existing median islands have been upgraded to pedestrian refuge standards and restricting access to cross the road away from the refuge.
There is also improved pedestrian safety between the Young Hospital and the Allanan Street public carpark by reducing the road width that needs to be crossed and providing a lower speed environment for traffic.
Improved access across Lovell Street at Main Street has been achieved by adjusting the previously constructed median islands to allow for improved pedestrian use.
There is a new shared pathway link between Keith Cullen Oval and Young via Whiteman and Park Avenue.
This link joins the Burrangong Creek shared pathway to Young at its eastern end.
Hilltops Council’s Director of Infrastructure Dirk Wymer said the works were part of a five year plan.
“The Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan was reviewed and adopted by the Young Council back in 2012 as part of a five year plan,” Mr Wymer said.
“It was put in place to improve pedestrian access within Young.
“It focuses on improvements for the elderly and the young with better access to the hospital and better access to schools.
“The works include pedestrian refuges which make it easier to cross the road safely.
“They include curb islands which reduce the width of crossing, also making it safer to cross the wide roads.
“There are works planned for the upcoming school holidays as part of the PAMP.
“Work at McLerie and William Streets as well as McLerie and Edwards Streets should be completed, weather permitting, before school goes back,” he said.
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