Improved pedestrian facilities for Bright

IMPROVED facilities for visitors and locals are underway in the Bright CBD, with more to follow in the new year.

Works to ageing infrastructure in Ireland Street and the extension of the Rail Trail from Bakers Gully will improve pedestrian access and safety.

Alpine Shire Council will construct a new level pedestrian crossing outside the Bright Library and upgrade the infrastructure of Ireland Street, Bright, including the roadway and kerb and gutter.

Mayor Nino Mautone said the works will result in an improved pedestrian experience for visitors and locals.

“These projects will encourage more pedestrian activity, resulting in a positive economic impact for business,” he said.

“Encouraging people to experience more of the town on foot carries a number of benefits, including reduced traffic congestion, connection with businesses and a relaxed atmosphere.”

Director Infrastructure Services Ian Ellett said the crossing will greatly improve pedestrian access and safety across Ireland Street, particularly for those with limited mobility.

“The infrastructure will be upgraded outside of the approaching Christmas period to minimise disturbance to traders and shoppers,” he said.

“The road resurfacing and kerb replacement works were recently tendered in the hope of being able to carry out works prior to Christmas, however no contractors were available in this period so works are now being scheduled for a suitable time in early 2012.

“Combined with the current Rail Trail extension along Burke Street, pedestrian access across the township will be greatly improved.”

The Rail Trail is currently being extended from the Bakers Gully footbridge to the corner of Ireland and Burke Streets.

Works have begun on the project, which will include the installation of bike racks, interpretive signage and landscaping and will require temporary changes to traffic flows in the Burke Street car park up to the Christmas break.

Council is aiming to have the Rail Trail works completed by Christmas.

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