6 December 2019
Pedestrian safety is set to be improved at a busy wombat crossing in front of the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, with construction underway on a $128,000 safety upgrade.
The South Australian Government is delivering on an election commitment to improve pedestrian safety at the wombat crossing, which is located on the Esplanade, Brighton.
The commitment followed concerns raised by Brighton Surf Life Saving Club that the crossing posed a significant risk to children and adults, as it had reported frequented ‘near misses’ there.
The Department of Planning and Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has worked in partnership with City of Holdfast Bay Council to review and redesign the existing wombat crossing to make it safer for all users.
Council has now begun construction on the upgrade, with completion expected before Christmas, in time for the peak season for the club and summer beachgoers.
The upgraded crossing will include improved street lighting, a new crossing surface and line marking, as well as innovative radar-operated flashing lights which will increase visibility for approaching motorists while also minimising visual impact for neighbouring residents.
The flashing lights will allow people using the crossing and those driving to see each other more clearly, making it safer for everyone.
They will only operate when triggered by an approaching car driver or bicycle rider, who will be detected by radar, instead of flashing continuously.
DPTI is providing $98,000 towards the project, with City of Holdfast Bay contributing a further $30,000.
All remaining cars fitted with a critical defective Takata type airbag inflator will now be refused registration in South Australia from Monday, 10 August until they are rectified, to ensure the safety of all road users.
As the popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles grows, DPTI reminds potential traders and buyers of the requirement to fix a safety label onto their numberplates.
Works to improve ride quality will be undertaken on McIntyre Road between The Golden Way and Wright Road, commencing each night from 7pm, Tuesday, 18 February to 6am, Friday, 6 March, weather permitting.
The South Australian Government is delivering $7.39 million worth of essential resurfacing works to five sections of the South Eastern Freeway between Mount Barker and Callington, with night works beginning this week.