Uralla Central School Principal Michael Rathborne, left, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Kindergarten students Hannah Cain, Archie Sharpe, Toby Broadbent and Makaylah Everson at the school’s student crossing, which is about to be upgraded to improve safety.
Wednesday, 8 June 2022
A SCHOOL road safety blitz in the Uralla Shire will see $180,000 spent improving pedestrian access at Uralla and Bundarra Central Schools and St Joseph’s Primary School, in Uralla.
The School Zone Infrastructure Program has been jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the works would help to keep some our most vulnerable road users and students safe during busy drop-off and pick-up times.
“We all know how chaotic school zones can be at the start of the school day and when that final bell rings at 3pm,” Mr Marshall said.
“The State Government has worked with Uralla Shire Council and school principals to identify a list of suitable projects to deliver the greatest safety benefits to road users.
“In order to give pedestrians more time to cross busy roads and to improve motorist visibility, new raised refuges with mid-block cut throughs are being installed at the three education facilities.
“On either side of these crossing areas the kerb will been extended and pedestrian fences added to give extra protection while pedestrians wait for a break in traffic.
“Council has almost finished these upgrades on Bowline Street in Bundarra. By the middle of June road crews will be hard at work making the adjustments to Wood Street and Park Street in Uralla.
“The last thing any of us wants is a motor vehicle accident at one our schools, and these cost effective measures will go a long way towards reducing that risk.”
Across the Northern Tablelands electorate 15 school zone projects have been funded, totalling $303,800. All projects are expected to be finished by June next year.