Yea Streetscape Safety Upgrade
The Yea Streetscape Safety Upgrade Project aims to improve the safety of pedestrians crossing the road and vehicles reversing out of the angle parking in High Street, Yea.
Council is investing $170,900 in the Project and the Victorian Government’s ‘Fixing Country Roads’ Program is providing an additional $341,800.
Following community consultation, some changes have been made to the original concept design(PDF, 2MB):
- Additional space has been added between the traffic lane and the protected parking lane (see image below) to ensure larger vehicles can pass comfortably and safely.
- Reduced kerb width for the section in front of the petrol station on the south side of High Street to ensure fuel tankers can access the site. This will also allow cars to queue in the protected parking lane instead of the traffic lane during peak times.
- Signage to direct long vehicles to Snodgrass Street for parking. Council will also be investigating options for future upgrades to Snodgrass Street to enhance its parking facilities. Existing parking signage will also be reviewed, including the introduction of short term parking spots.
A number of community members also suggested the pedestrian 'crossing point' proposed for in front of the Country Club Hotel be placed in front of the supermarket breezeway instead. After investigating this option we found we were not able to meet the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) standards at this location, so the original location proposed will remain. Input from the Yea Access and Inclusion Committee has helped us ensure all the pedestrian 'crossing points' in the design are as safe and user-friendly as possible for our community members with mobility challenges.
In addition to making changes to the concept design, we also took a number of community concerns, raised during the consultation, to Regional Roads Victoria for consideration. These included speed limits on High and Station Streets, putting a pedestrian crossing on High Street and the parallel parking issue in front of the post office and the bowls club.
Works are expected to begin on this Project in early 2020.