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Pedestrian refuges for New Norfolk’s busiest road

ABOUT $31,000 will be spent on improving the safety of pedestrians trying to cross Montagu St at New Norfolk. Funding for this project was announced yesterday (Monday) by transport minister Eric Abetz MHA.

“We’re very pleased to confirm that another $4.7 million is going to nearly 40 projects around Tasmania to improve safety on local and rural roads,” Mr Abetz said. The funding comes from the latest rounds of the Vulnerable Road User Program and the Safer Rural Roads Program.

Mr Abetz said the programs provided councils with funding to build usually simple infrastructure works to protect vulnerable road users and improve safety at spots of identified risk. At New Norfolk, the Derwent Valley Council will receive $15,540 to construct pedestrian refuges on Montagu St. The council will provide matching funding.

Derwent Valley Council general manager Ron Sanderson said the refuges would be built in the area between Mood Food and the Bush Inn Hotel, which are on opposite sides of a wide and sloping stretch of Montagu St, which forms part of the Lyell Highway and is difficult to cross at most hours of the day.

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