Roading improvements for Gore and Mataura
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.