A series of upgrades will be constructed along Walker Avenue in front of the Mannum Community College, after principal Kylie Eggers expressed safety concerns with the way students currently cross the road.
With joint funding from the Mid Murray Council and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), $30,000 will facilitate three new crossing zones, parking bays along the street and traffic islands to increase safety.
Ms Eggers said there was currently a lack of signage for cars to slow down or stop for children, and something needed to be done.
“It’s quite unsafe along Walker Avenue at the moment… it’s a really long 25 zone so drivers can get complacent,” she said. “We have the Way to Go signs which have been helpful but we needed more so these upgrades will be supplementary.”
She said pedestrian fencing would be installed at the intersection of Walker Avenue and Adelaide Road and in front of the gate of the junior school.
“Traffic islands will also be put in place so kids are not stepping out into traffic to see whether it’s safe to cross,” she said.
The crossing zones will be marked with continuity lines and the main pedestrian crossing point will be installed just after the college bus exit point.
“The pedestrian crossing will have a kerb ramp with tactiles and a holding rail,” Ms Eggers said.
She said the parking bay, to be installed all along the school zone, would help to slow cars down as it would narrow the road.
“We had parents involved in the process and they were very happy about the upgrades,” she said.
Council’s chief executive officer Russell Peate said the changes would benefit the entire community.
“There are obvious benefits for the safety of the students, but there is a community library there too so it will effect everyone,” he said.
“It gets very busing along there (Walker Avenue) during pick ups and drop offs so both council and the school identified a need for the crossings.”