Crossing to wipe parking spaces
MAIN Roads has announced Tiaro will get its hard-fought for pedestrian crossing in the upgrade to the Bruce Hwy, however it will wipe out up to 12 parking spaces on Mayne St.
Tiaro Chamber of Commerce president Darryl Stewart said last week Transport and Main Roads would now be building a traffic light controlled crossing. This came after months of lobbying from the chamber, residents and businesses.
The upgrades to about 2km of highway through Tiaro began late last year.
TMR will now install the traffic lights near the Tiaro Visitor Information Centre.
Mr Stewart said the decision from TMR was a significant win for the community, but said the crossing would have been better placed 60m down Mayne St.
"In a town suffering from lack of parking spaces, the Main Roads placement will reduce parking by up to a total of 12 spaces, right in front of two businesses which rely heavily on passing traffic," he said.
The $12 million roadworks are expected to be completed later this year, weather permitting.
TMR said on its website the traffic light controlled crossing was one of several options considered, and was found to be the overall safer and more supported option.