Road­ing im­prove­ments for Gore and Mataura

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Road mark­ing aimed at im­prov­ing road safety was sched­uled to be­gin in Gore and Mataura this week.

Gore District Coun­cil trans­port man­ager Peter Stan­dring said Ec­cles St was one area where work would fo­cus on slow­ing down ve­hi­cles and im­prov­ing vis­i­bil­ity.

‘‘This is one of Gore’s busiest streets. It pro­vides ac­cess to Gore Hospi­tal and the Gore Med­i­cal Cen­tre, a kin­der­garten and pri­mary school, and is the main thor­ough­fare to West Gore.’’

On av­er­age 3000 ve­hi­cles a day use the street. They have an av­er­age speed of 55kmh.

‘‘Peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in the area have raised con­cerns about traffic speed and park­ing con­ges­tion.’’

There will be new road mark­ings on each side of the road, which are aimed at cre­at­ing the il­lu­sion of nar­row­ing road, thereby caus­ing driv­ers to slow down. In­ter­sec­tion mark­ings where Len­nox St, Elsie St and Birch Lane in­ter­sect with Ec­cles St will be moved to im­prove vis­i­bil­ity.

‘‘This work, com­bined with pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion to in­crease peo­ple’s aware­ness of the prob­lems in this area, should help al­le­vi­ate many of the is­sues we have in Ec­cles St,’’ Stan­dring said.

Other changes are: ❚ In­stalling a give way sign at the in­ter­sec­tion of Al­bion and River streets, in Mataura, and adding road mark­ings to give bet­ter guid­ance for traffic. ❚ In­stalling a give way sign and mark­ing out cen­tre lines on Willis St where it in­ter­sects with Ge­orge St. ❚ Re­mark­ing the Strat­ford St-Gor­ton St in­ter­sec­tion and Fair­field StBowler Av­enue in­ter­sec­tion.

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