Mixed reaction to crossing
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.