A pedestrian crossing is set to be installed at Bold Street in Laurieton near the bus stop between Seymour and Tunis streets.
The announcement comes after safety concerns were raised after a number of near misses at the location.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council applied for funding for the implementation of the crossing and the grant was approved through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the $347,000 mid-block zebra pedestrian crossing will include kerb extensions and additional street lights, modification of parking layout, taxi stand, bus stop and loading zones.
“Whilst there are already a number of pedestrian refuges and a crossing in Bold Street, this latest crossing will be ideally located across from the Coles supermarket and is already a high pedestrian area,” she said.
There will also be improvements to the access of the Coles car park from Bold Street, wider footpaths including outdoor dining pods and landscaped areas to provide for garden beds and trees.
Mrs Williams said the new infrastructure would allow safe accessibility to the large shopping complex in Laurieton for both motorists and pedestrians.
The location was highlighted in Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Pedestrian Access Mobility Plan, which aims to address barriers to walking through the provision of better pedestrian infrastructure at critical locations.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Mayor Peta Pinson said the new crossing was a win for the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce.
“This is something which has been on their books for a very long time and they’ve been talking to council about it as well,” she said.
Mrs Pinson said she was excited to move forward with the important project at the location to help improve safety for everyone.
“This latest news demonstrates our strong commitment to partnering with the state government, and working together to deliver on the expectations of our community,” she said.