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MEDIA RELEASE - Wellington Road upgraded for pedestrian safety

18 October 2018

One of Portland’s key collector roads to local schools, kindergartens and aged care facilities will be upgraded next week to enhance safety.

Road safety works will commence along Wellington Road from Monday 22 October, providing improvements such as splitter islands, pavement works and signage along various intersections.

Acting director assets Malcolm Armstrong said the works would ensure generations both young and old could access facilities along Wellington Road safely.

“Council was successful in receiving funding from the Federal Government’s 2018/19 Black Spot Funding Program to install important safety improvements,” he said.

“Wellington Road is one of the shire’s busiest local roads, housing local services such as Jaycee Kindergarten, Goodstart Early Learning Centre and Bupa Aged Care. It is vital that children, adults and seniors alike can safely arrive and return home each day.

“The first stage of these works will include the installation of splitter islands, line marking, pavement works and signage at intersections such as Wellington Road/Bancroft Street, Wellington Road/Findlay Street and Wellington Road/Edgar Street. A lighting upgrade and line marking will also commence on Wellington Road in between Green Mount Link and King Street.”

Mr Armstrong asked residents to be alert with any changed traffic conditions when visiting the area.

“During construction there may be speed restrictions, traffic diversions, and part road closures in place to ensure the works can be undertaken safely,” he said.

“Council apologises for any inconvenience in advance, we appreciate your cooperation and remind drivers to adhere to roadworks speed limits that are enforceable.”

The road safety works are expected to be completed by December 2018 with lighting works occurring by March 2019.

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