Work starts to upgrade pedestrian safety at Carlton traffic blackspot

Blackspot: Construction work will start on a new raised pedestrian crossing in Short Street at the intersection with Carlton Parade, Carlton and is expected to take two weeks to complete.
Blackspot: Construction work will start on a new raised pedestrian crossing in Short Street at the intersection with Carlton Parade, Carlton and is expected to take two weeks to complete.

Bayside Council starts work today to upgrade safety at traffic blackspot that was a scene of a fatality outside Carlton railway station.

Construction work will start on a new raised pedestrian crossing in Short Street at the intersection with Carlton Parade, Carlton and is expected to take two weeks to complete.

Access into Carlton Parade from Short Street will be blocked during daylight hours for the duration of these works however traffic controllers will be available to allow access in and out of this parking area from the other end of Short Street near Argyle Street.

The $35,000 project is to improve safety at the intersection and is being funded under 2019/2020 NSW State Safer Road Blackspot program.

The traffic calming scheme was recommended by Bayside Traffic Committee last July.

This followed crash analysis by the council's Traffic and Road Safety team to identify sites within the Bayside local government area with a high crash rate.

A site is classified as a blackspot if there have been a minimum of two casualty crashes, either injury or fatal.

In the five year period ending June 30, 2016, the intersection of Short Street and Carlton Parade, outside Carlton railway station, had three reported crashes including one fatality.

The proposed traffic calming scheme at the intersection will include a raised pedestrian crossing and a redesign of the Short Street entrance with Carlton Parade to reinforce the one-way westbound in Short Street between Carlton Parade and Argyle Street.

The work is intended to highlight the presence of high pedestrian activity and also break speeds of vehicles using the intersection.

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