Traffic coming

JUNCTION Court could be opened to traffic soon after Easter.

The details needed to open the area to one-way traffic were voted through at Shoalhaven City Council’s ordinary meeting on Tuesday.

The design involves placing two rows of bollards joined with chain down the length of Junction Court to create a four-metre space in the centre for vehicles to travel east.

Council’s assets manager Martin Upitis said once some details relating to pedestrian safety were discussed the job would be handed over to the construction crew to begin work.

“There’s still to be some discussion about whether we install tactile indicators, those bumps on the ground, or bollards and chains or both running through the area because the seating is pretty close to the traffic,” he said.

“We have also been told in regard to the chain people with vision impairment who use a walking cane prefer a chain that is low to the ground, so we are considering two rows of chain.”

The bollards and chains will be moveable and can be placed across the front of Junction Court closing the space to traffic when events are being held in the space.

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash voted against the option to open Junction Court to traffic.

“Everyone knows my feelings on this. I would have liked to have waited until we had a village green established before opening up Junction Court to traffic.

“But that was the vote and I have to move along with it.” 

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