Traffic lights at the Perry and North Streets intersection in Batemans Bay are set to go ahead after Eurobodalla Shire Council accepted funding to make the project a reality.
Council was offered $800,000 from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for this financial year, and accepted it at Tuesday’s meeting.
Of this funding, $150,000 has been allocated to the set of traffic lights in Batemans Bay, $50,000 towards a new pathway at Moruya, and another $100,000 to another pathway at Surfside.
A new roundabout at Narooma will benefit from the remaining $500,000.
Council will match all of these grants, and provide more.
According to a report presented to council by Infrastructure Services director Warren Sharpe, the Batemans Bay CBD parking study identified a number of problems, including pedestrian safety at the North and Perry Streets intersection.
Council will match the RMS funding, with $77,000 which was held from the paid parking fund in Batemans Bay, and $73,000 from council’s works program savings.
“Detailed designs for this project will now commence with a view to installation of the new traffic lights during the 2012/13 financial year,” Mr Sharpe said in his report.
Meanwhile, it is hoped the shared pathway at Surfside will be installed this financial year.
The pathway will go from Korners Park on Wharf Road to Mundarra Way.
“Once complete, pedestrians and cyclists will have a complete off-road shared pathway link from Surfside back to Batehaven CBD . . . ” Mr Sharpe’s report stated.
Council has allocated a further $169,000 towards the project, which includes $45,000 of landowner contributions.
Mr Sharpe said work would start from Korners Park, and would continue, depending on land acquisition costs and final design.
The path along Albert Street, from the Princes Highway to Moruya High School, will be turned into a formal pathway using the RMS grant and a further $60,000 from council’s pathways program.
“The proposed pathway connects to the existing shared pathways along the Princes Highway and back to the Moruya CBD, hospital and South Head Road,” Mr Sharpe’s report said.
In Narooma, RMS’s half-a-million-dollar contribution, along with $2.1 million from council, will fund a new roundabout at the Princes Highway and Bluewater Drive intersection in Narooma.