Bridge improves pedestrian safety

Children walking to and from Albury High School will be safer from traffic, following the installation today of a new pedestrian bridge in Jones Street, central Albury.

The 14-metre long, prefabricated bridge has been placed over the Bungambrawatha Creek, adjacent to the existing road bridge.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said the new bridge would replace the narrow footpath that currently forms part of the old crossing.

“The old footpath is narrow and quite close to traffic, and as a pedestrian crossing it doesn’t meet the high safety standards of today,” he said.

“The new bridge aligns with the footpath and will be much safer for pedestrians, particularly the large number of school children who cross the creek every weekday.”

The new bridge will be open for use within a fortnight, following the completion of safety improvements such as line marking, resurfacing and guard rail construction.

“The new bridge cost about $140,000 – a good investment when it comes to keeping pedestrians safe in our increasingly busy city,” Cr Mack said.