THREE new supervised school crossings in Warrnambool will be operating soon, taking the total number to 29 locations at a cost of more than $252,000.
The city council has allocated $145,249 and VicRoads $107,500 to pay for 10 supervisors on arterial roads and 22 on local roads.
New supervisors will be operating on Ross Street near St Pius X school, on Bromfield Street near St Joseph’s school and on Raglan Parade near Our Lady Help of Christians school.
Allansford’s official sup-ervised crossing will be moved from Zeigler Parade to Tooram Road after VicRoads determined the volume of children using the parade did not meet funding criteria.
However, the council has allocated money from its Healthy Moves budget to continue supervision of children crossing the parade for another year.
VicRoads funding for supervision of Raglan Parade crossings at Morriss Road and Dennington were continued because of the high traffic volume despite the numbers of children falling below criteria. Another pedestrian crossing in Jamieson Street near Warrnambool Primary School will be upgraded to an official school crossing to provide more protection for children.
City council infrastructure director Peter Robertson said the crossing near Nelson and Cockman streets would be operational by next term.
“We will work with school communities and VicRoads to look at ways to improve safety at this location,” he said.
Mr Robertson said the new crossings reflected continuing growth in the city.
Cr Jacinta Ermacora said the extra safety provisions for children riding or walking to school supported the city’s aim to promote health and sustainable transport.
Cr Peter Hulin suggested there may be alternatives to paying supervisors. He recalled seeing instances in Europe of children crossing roads unassisted where traffic speeds were slower than in Warrnambool.