One of the showcase areas of Ballina is about to get a safety and aesthetic upgrade, with the Lighthouse Parade Pedestrian Precinct and Road Safety Project commencing soon. Ballina Council says improved pedestrian and cycling amenity is at the heart of the new safety project set to commence in late April 2021.
Mayor David Wright sees Lighthouse Parade as a gateway to the East Ballina recreational zone. ‘Lighthouse Parade is characterised by a residential neighbourhood, the Ballina Surf Club, the Marine Rescue facility, north wall, beach and open spaces,’ he said.
‘The recreational zone is used for swimming, surfing, fishing, walking, cycling, and access to community meeting and dining spaces.’
Improvements to looks and safety
Council says the new project along the 500 metre length of Lighthouse Parade to Fenwick Drive aims to improve the visual amenity and safety with kerb and guttering, car parking, and traffic calming devices.
‘Mayor Wright said, ‘The existing fencing alongside the shared path will be replaced with formalised kerb and guttering, and will provide space from the kerb to the edge of the shared path.
‘This will provide safe clearance from parked cars and prevent vehicles from obstructing the shared path,’ he said.
A ‘High Pedestrian Activity’ zone will also be introduced along Lighthouse Parade. This will include a flat top road hump, midway along Lighthouse Parade, to assist in slowing traffic together with ‘High Pedestrian Activity’ signage.
Posted speeds will be reduced from 50km/h to 40km/h.
Council says these improvements and reduced speed will deliver safer cycling and walking, enhancing the overall amenity of Lighthouse Parade while being consistent with the neighbouring natural elements. The plan is to complete the works by the middle of the year.
The total cost of the project is $211,950, with funding through the NSW Safer Roads Program ($103,000), Transport for NSW Network & Safety Services ($36,000), and Federal Government Black Spot Program ($72,550).
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