Highway & Pedestrian Issues

Railway Overpass:

Dangerous overpass Wentworth Falls

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For the past few years now residents have been trying to get a handrail on the railway overpass. The footpath is very narrow and I have been told of stories where people (notably children going to Kindle Hill School and seniors) have  stumbled and nearly been collected by passing traffic.
There are a lot of school children who use this overpass. It is only a matter of time before there is a tragedy.

 

leura-railingsSuch a simple and cheap thing to put up  handrailing like at Leura but even with important jobs like this the bureaucratic inaction at BMCC keeps grinding along. If any accidents happen here I believe Council and the staff who have ignored this problem could be held criminally negligent.

Pedestrian Crossing Needed:

sinclair-crescent-school-crossingThere is a lot of pedestrian traffic across Sinclair Crescent. Children walking to Kindle Hill School. Tourists and locals walking to the Lake. We need to pursue a pedestrian crossing here. Just up the hill on Blaxland Road we need to look at some sort of traffic calming such as a school zone for Kindle Hill School. These issues overlap a lot with State Government responsibilities but BMCC needs to be a leader here.

Great Western Highway Issues:

Wentworth Falls Car and Truck CrashI have received a lot of comment that the Wentworth Falls highway pedestrian crossing is a “disaster waiting to happen”.

That disaster nearly happened when a truck crashed into cars at the lights. The picture above (courtesy of the gazette) was taken moments after the car occupants were pulled to safety. People who work overlooking the crossing have told me of many more near misses. The crossing is used by many children, tourists and elderly residents. I have seen myself how fast the trucks zoom through here.

Wentworth Falls Pedestrian Crossing roads black spot

We have a lot of tourists who cross the highway here and then walk down Falls Roads and Fletcher Streets to the escarpment and views. They often they walk on Falls Road because the footpaths are not suitable.

We need to have a serious look at what can be done to improve the safety of the pedestrian flow.

BMCC didn’t even bother to make any application this year for the Federal Black Spots road funding. I find this unbelievable. With so many administrators compared to other Councils you would think one of them could have given it a go.

Eastern end traffic lights:

Last long weekend the traffic was banked up back to Lawson because of the illogical lights sequence at the traffic lights at Dalrymple Avenue. On many of the lights changes there was no traffic going in or out of Dalrymple but the lights were red on the highway for a long time.

Truck drivers know that they will be stuck for ages with no good reason and I have seen so many “running” the lights. Truck coming from the east run  the Dalrymple lights and as a result are going very fast by the time they arrive at the main shops intersection.

We must get some co-ordination and proper timing of the two sets of lights at Wentworth Falls.

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3 thoughts on “Highway & Pedestrian Issues”

  1. WENTWORTH FALLS HIGHWAY ARE POOR AND CHEAP PROJECTS DID NOT HELP TRAFFIC FLOW. TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE POOR DESIGNED 2013. TRUCKS AND CARS DELAY ALL DAY.
    WHY NOT ASKING OUR TRANSPORT MINISTER TO BUILD A NEW TWIN TUNNEL 4 X LANES UNDERNEATH 3 X TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT WENTWORTH FALLS GREAT WESTERN HWY.
    YOU CAN WRITE THE LETTER TO GOVERNMENT ABOUT BUILDING TWO NEW TWIN TUNNEL ON THE GREAT WESTERN HWY SET OF THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

    1. Rob. could not agree more.Falls Road, Fletcher St are the main walking areas for tourists. No footpaths so most walk on the road.Every weekend the car park overflows at the Valley of the waters, so cars are parked over the footpaths and near misses happen. A boardwalk to finish off the lake walk would have been a great attraction. Steve

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