More lines will be marked in Rankin Street to help drivers navigate a bend in the road either side of Browne Lane.
The misalignment of the centreline of Rankin Street either side of Browne Lane was discussed a couple of years ago, and council’s traffic advisory committee decided to install an off-centre line along Rankin Street.
The idea was to help cars lining up to cross Browne Lane be in the right place to go straight across, not having to swerve to miss oncoming cars.
Now the committee has heard that the line is not long enough and does not provide enough guidance for traffic in either direction.
“Traffic travelling west are in the centre of the road and need to veer across to be on the right side of the off-centred BB line,” a report to council’s June meeting said.
“In addition cars travelling west cross Browne Lane find themselves over the centre of the road once they have passed the new BB line and potentially travelling head-on into oncoming traffic.
Council will extend the line back to the centre of the road all the way to theGrenfell Street crossing.
Lane edge lines will also be included in the extra work to be done.
In other matters considered at Forbes Shire Council’s June meeting,York Street will be the first street to get some extra lighting.
Councillors supporting a proposal to install three new streetlights between Quarry Road and Bedgerabong Road.
Council will place the lights on existing power poles at a cost of $15,000.
Councillors were offered the option of installing one light on a new pole to meet Australian standards on the spacing between lights.That would have cost $22,000.
“Council has consulted with several registered companies that routinely install new streetlights for local government and they have advised that at the consent of council, new street lights can be designed and installed outside the guidelines but still under the approval of Essential Energy,” director of engineering and technical services John Zannes said in his report to council’s June meeting.
“This is common practice and has the advantage of installing more lighting with the budget available.”
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