April 22, 2016
A $225,000 grant from the Federal Government will improve driver and pedestrian safety in Franklin Street, Traralgon.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said flashing ‘Give Way to Pedestrians’ signage would be installed, street lighting would be upgraded and a reduced speed limit of 40 kilometre per hour would be introduced.
“This project will be fully funded by the Federal Government through the road safety Black Spot Program,” Mr Chester said.
“The works will improve the road for drivers and pedestrians along the busy stretch from the Princes Highway to Grey Street.
“This section of Franklin Street incorporates the main activity centre of Traralgon with shops lining both sides of the road and adjoining the Traralgon Centre Plaza.
“As a result there is a high level of pedestrian activity and the council has recorded an average vehicle usage at 7,800 vehicles per day.”
Mayor of Latrobe City Council Michael Rossiter said this stretch of Franklin Street had seen nine casualty crashes in the five-year period to 31 December 2013.
“Sadly, six of these crashes involved pedestrians,” Cr Rossiter said.
“Reducing the Franklin Street speed limit will ensure vehicles travel at a safer speed for cyclists and foot traffic.
“The risk of death to pedestrians falls from over 80 per cent if hit at 50 kilometres per hour to less than 30 per cent if hit at 40 kilometres per hour. Safety on our roads is a priority.
“Additionally, higher wattage lighting installed as part of the project will allow better vision for road users at night. This is particularly important at the Seymour Street intersection where at least two crashes have occurred at night.”
Works on Franklin Street are expected to be completed by mid-2016.