MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today announced that construction and planning would begin on new pedestrian crossings on the New England Highway in Glen Innes thanks to $67,100 investment by the NSW Government.
Mr Marshall, who was in Glen Innes today to make the announcement, said the government had allocated $40 million state-wide for more than 380 walking and cycling projects across to better connect communities, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and encourage more people to get active.
“I am very pleased Glen Innes will benefit from this funding injection, with projects earmarked to improve the network of walking and cycling paths across Church Street,” Mr Marshall said.
“I would like to congratulate Glen Innes Severn Council on being so proactive in addressing gaps in its existing footpath and cycleway networks and valuing the importance of this infrastructure for the health and wellbeing of the community.”
The projects funded in Glen Innes include:
- The construction of pedestrian crossings at three intersections on the New England Highway (Church St) in Glen Innes including kerb blister/traffic islands at the Church Street and Bourke Street intersection,
- The construction of median refuges in Bourke Street at Church Street, a connecting path within the Church Street median,
- The construction of kerb ramp at the Church Street/Glasson Street intersection
Mr Marshall said with cycling more popular than ever before and walking trips on the rise, it was important the government provided funding assistance to develop the infrastructure needed to support local communities.
“These projects will provide a huge boost for residents and businesses – improving safety for pedestrians crossing the New England Highway and providing better connections between residential areas and the CBD,” he said.
“If we want to encourage more people to leave the car at home and get active, we need to provide access to safe, convenient and connected waking and cycling networks.
“This investment is about connecting people and places and making a difference to the way residents move around their communities.”