Council looks to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow in Urangan

PEDESTRIAN safety and improved traffic flow are receiving attention in parts of Urangan.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council is looking to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow in Elizabeth Street – between Boat Harbour Drive and Dayman Street. IMAGE: Supplied.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council said its acting now because of an anticipated increase in traffic and demand for parking in Elizabeth Street.

Division 10 Councillor Zane O’Keefe said the plan will focus on the Elizabeth Street between Boat Harbour Drive and Dayman Street.

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“To accommodate the many uses and anticipated growth in traffic and demand for parking, Council has developed a plan to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety along Elizabeth Street from Boat Harbour Drive to Dayman Street,” Cr Zane O’Keefe explained.

Elizabeth Street is a major link in Council’s road network and carries about 10,000 vehicles a day.

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It also provides access the Hervey Bay Botanical Garden and the Hervey Bay Community Centre.

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“The plan has short, medium and long-term options to upgrade transport infrastructure on Elizabeth Street and promote active transport,” Cr O’Keefe said.

“Active transport infrastructure reduces congestion, is good for the environment, and is good for business.

“These upgrades will enhance community connections and have a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

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“The short-term options can be implemented this year. 

“They include a pedestrian refuge at the entrance to the Urangan Central Shopping Centre; reversing the internal traffic flow at the opportunity shop, improvements to the Miller and Dayman street intersection to improve sight lines; two-hour regulated parking zones and installing speed cushions at the rail trail crossing.

“The $40,000 for the short-term options can be funded from Council’s existing Operations budget.

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“Funding for the medium-term option (pedestrian traffic lights at the rail trail crossing, $200,0000) and long-term options (like traffic lights at the Miller-Elizabeth street intersection, $1.4M) will be considered as part of Council’s future budget deliberations.”

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3 thoughts

  1. If you ban the vehicles under repair, you could free up both sides of Elizabeth St around the Community Hall area. They aren’t roadworthy, so why are they allowed on the street. The business concerned should be made to comply. Many is the time I’ve had to park and walk, while this business uses all of the available street parking. Not good enough!

  2. The simplest and most cost effective safety improvement to Elizabeth St is to place “No Stopping” signs on the eastern side between Dayman St and Miller St. This small stretch of road can be very dangerous with parked cars and the loss of vision it causes those trying to exit from both named streets.

  3. Little thought has gone into the new speed hump, not even there a week and have seen injuries and damage to vehicles…. Poor signage, slippery, to big and dangerous, and a huge thumbs down with the locals 👎

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