Crossing move for safety of kids, cars

Council, school keen to relocate walkway further along Williams Road
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ST BERNARD’S Primary School principal Patricia Boak (pictured) is hoping to see the children’s school crossing outside Wangaratta’s largest primary school relocated sometime this year. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

REPOSITIONING the Williams Road school crossing is among changes being considered by the Rural City of Wangaratta to improve safety around the Williams Road-Phillipson Street intersection.

Rural city manager technical services, Adrian Gasperoni, said he met with the St Bernard’s Primary School board last Wednesday to discuss a proposal to relocate the crossing 70 metres further up Williams Road.

It’s believed the move, which would put the crossing closer to the school’s front entrance, will improve safety as it will be further away from traffic turning into Williams Road.

“There are issues with traffic congestion in that area, but essentially we are looking at safety at school drop off and pick up times,” Mr Gasperoni said.

“We are also looking at changes at the intersection such as improving marking and putting kerbed islands in along Phillipson Street to direct vehicles and improve turning.

“This year we have enough money to put the proposals in place.

“We will look at possible further intersection treatment once further residential development takes place in the area, which will increase traffic.”


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