Calls for pedestrian crossing at southern Narooma

Roads and Maritime Services will conduct an investigation into the feasibility of a pedestrian crossing on the Princes Highway at southern Narooma following an appeal by local resident Susan Pryke.

The Narooma resident attended this week’s Eurobodalla Council meeting to call on councillors to lobby for a pedestrian crossing and refuge on the Princes Highway at the south end of town.

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Ms Pryke said the Eurobodalla Shire Council’s pathway strategy included a footpath along the service road from the Old Highway to opposite the recently upgraded Glasshouse Rocks Road intersection, but without a refuge the path was useless.

An even worse intersection was the one at Old Highway where residents and Narooma High School students were risking their lives as the curve in the road and an embankment blocked the view of traffic.

After being contacted by the Narooma News on this issue, a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the RMS would carry out an investigation to see if this south Narooma site was suitable for a pedestrian crossing.

“Investigations will include traffic counts, crash analysis and an analysis of pedestrian usage at this site.”

Ms Pryke meanwhile was pleased with the response from the councillors on the issue and said she was hopeful the RMS would find suitable location for a pedestrian refuge, similar to the structure recently installed just south of the Narooma Bridge.

"I would like to congratulate council on an excellent and comprehensive pathway strategy,” she said. “Without a pedestrian refuge the highway footpath will be of little use."

"I think councillors should try crossing the highway, in both directions, as students do every day. It's a real dog's breakfast, you can hardly stand there by the side of the highway because of a ditch."

"The kids have created their own path through the rough bush to get to and from school. I want reference in your strategy that you will do your best to get safe access.”