Crossing safety measures criticised

June Evans, of Green Island, walks on a recently painted crossing in Green Island. Photo by Linda Robertson.
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 slow traffic.

Mr Minnema said at the time the council would install the terracotta-coloured surface and flashing beacons as an interim solution.

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