11 October 2017
Eccles Street safety work due to begin
Road marking aimed at improving road safety is schedule to begin in Gore and Mataura this week.
The Council’s contractor Fulton Hogan will be remarking and marking new road layouts in the evenings to minimise the disruption to traffic flow.
Council Transport Manager Peter Standring said Eccles Street 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 55kph.
“People living and working in the area have raised concerns about traffic speed and parking congestion. When you add the high number of pedestrians, both young and old, who use the area we need to act to prevent the potential for an accident.”
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 Street, Elsie Street and Birch Lane intersect with Eccles Street will be moved to improve visibility.
“This work, combined with public education to increase peoples’ awareness of the problems in this area, should help alleviate many of the issues we have in Eccles Street,” Mr Standring said.
Other changes to road layouts 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 Street where it intersect with George Street.
- Remarking the Stratford Street-Gorton St intersection and Fairfield Street-Bowler Avenue intersection.