Mixed re­ac­tion to cross­ing

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

A new pedes­trian cross­ing in Drouin’s Princes Way main shop­ping area has had mixed re­ac­tions, ac­cord­ing to the owner of a busi­ness lo­cated close to it.

Peo­ple ei­ther love it or hate it, He­len Van Heu­ven said.

Ms Van Heu­ven, who is also president of the Drouin Busi­ness Group, said the new cross­ing that be­came op­er­a­tional early this month was needed but has high­lighted some is­sues that should be ad­dressed.

“We’d rather it be a push but­ton cross­ing ac­ti­vated by pedes­tri­ans rather than traf­fic hav­ing to give way when­ever a per­son wanted to cross the road”.

With the loss of six kerb­side park­ing spots around the cross­ing there was also a need for bet­ter sig­nage point­ing to park­ing avail­able be­hind the main street, Ms Van Heu­ven said.

But she said some­thing had to be done with an es­ti­mated 10,000 ve­hi­cles a day trav­el­ling through that sec­tion of Princes Way.

Baw Baw Shire said it con­sulted ex­ten­sively with the busi­ness group, Drouin com­mu­nity and Vic Roads on es­tab­lish­ing the cross­ing, the $160,000 cost of which was jointly funded by the coun­cil and the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Jobs, Trans­port and Re­sources.

Princes Way now has two pedes­trian cross­ings less than 200 me­tres apart in the busi­ness area, one each side of the junc­tion with South Rd.

Mayor Joe Gauci said coun­cil was com­mit­ted to prov­ing road safety through­out the shire.

“The new cross­ing will im­prove pedes­trian safety and ac­cess by pro­vid­ing a ded­i­cated cross­ing point”.

Pedes­tri­ans no longer have to wait for a break in the traf­fic or un­der­take a dan­ger­ous cross dur­ing pe­ri­ods of heavy traf­fic, he said.

Busi­ness Group president He­len Van Heu­ven said peo­ple ei­ther love or hate the new pedes­trian cross­ing in Drouin.

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