June Evans, of Green Island, walks on a recently painted
crossing in Green Island. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Interim safety measures at pedestrian crossings in the
Green Island business district have failed, Saddle Hill
Community Board member John Moyle says.
A skid-resistant red surface painted about three weeks ago
around the bars on two Main South Rd crossings had already
faded, Mr Moyle said.
''It has got dark really quickly and you don't really notice
it at all.''
The interim measure had made little difference to motorists'
behaviour at the ''blind'' crossing, he said.
Ideally, the council would paint yellow ''hash marks'' on the
road to warn motorists they were approaching a crossing.
Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said it was the
first time the red paint had been used on a crossing.
''The contrast is not as we expected and we are working
through that with the contractor.''
The extra markings Mr Moyle wanted would not be painted.
''Once we deviate from approved markings, we have to do a
national trial and you have to make a case for doing that.
''We have not gone down that path at all.''
In April, the Taieri Times reported a resident's safety
concerns about another Green Island pedestrian crossing, on
Main South Rd near Westpac Bank.
Resident Neville Pool wanted the crossing to be elevated to
Mr Minnema said at the time the council would install the
terracotta-coloured surface and flashing beacons as an