Barkly Street, Ararat, pedestrian safety improvements
As of July 2019, work is continuing on improvements aimed at slowing traffic and improving pedestrian safety along Barkly Street, Ararat, outside Marian College and St Andrews Kindergarten.
The work, between King and Princes streets, has been fully funded by a $100,000 Regional Roads Victoria grant.
The project will include kerb extensions at King and Princes streets with centre islands installed to reduce the traffic lane width so that pedestrians – including school and kindergarten students – can cross the road safely. The aim is to slow traffic in this very busy section of Barkly Street and ensure students have a much safer way to cross the road.
The work will complement the installation in early 2019 of electronic flashing 40km/hr school zone signs in the same area, which were also funded by Regional Roads Victoria. The signs replace static signs and aim to raise awareness of the school zone speed limit with drivers.
Road safety around schools is a high priority for Council and this work will go a long way to improve this for Marian College and St Andrews Kindergarten students, staff and parents.
The pedestrian safety work should be finished in the coming weeks depending on the weather. The work is being done by local contractor SHS Civil, which won the tender.
This project was identified in the Local Area Traffic Management study around schools prepared by Council, and we have been working with Regional Roads Victoria to fund the works.