Shoalhaven City Council will spend $900,000 to improve pedestrian safety on the Princes Highway in Nowra.
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An extra set of traffic lights will be placed on the Princes Highway at Junction Street.
The intersection will allow pedestrians to cross from either side of the Princes Highway.
Council project manager John Visser said even though there is a pedestrian bridge to the south of the intersection, and traffic lights to the north, people are choosing to take risks and cross the highway at Junction Street.
“Those options are available but statistically, people are choosing not to use them,” Mr Visser said.
“There are accidents happening there, this will hopefully improve safety.”
Part of the fence and the median strip will be removed, drainage works and line marking will take place and ramps will be constructed along with the traffic lights.
Works will start in late July, and are expected to take about three months.
Local traffic controls will be in place during construction with motorists asked to exercise caution and follow the traffic directions during this time.
The project has been funded by the NSW Government, council and The Stockland’s Trust.
It is understood the left turn only will remain in place from Junction Street to the Princes Highway, and motorists will not be able to turn right into Junction Street from the Princes Highway.
Achieving the signals at the intersection of Junction St/Princes Highway is one of the underpinning objectives of the adopted CBD strategy which will improve pedestrian access across the highway, and assist in addressing the long term strategic objective of integrating the two centres – Nowra CBD and Stocklands.
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