A window into the future of Albury has been opened, after councillors tonight voted to place a long-term strategy for the Borella Road/Riverina Highway Corridor on public exhibition.
The strategy examines ways of meeting the demands of planned growth in the city’s east over coming decades by developing infrastructure and support for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and businesses.
Among the proposals are:
- Planning for road duplication
- Improved intersections, including proposed traffic lights at Keene and East Streets
- Enhanced cycling access and facilities, and
- New crossings to improve efficiency and safety for pedestrians
The strategy was developed with important community input on-line and at drop-in sessions in the Borella Road shopping precinct.
The next stage is to place it on public exhibition so that more feedback can be sought and the plans further developed.
AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack has thanked those community members whose input has helped to shape the strategy.
“This plan is all about ensuring we’re ready to meet the expected growth to the city’s east over coming decades and to do that, we need to have plans in place now so that when challenges arise from that growth, we’re ready to meet them,” he said.
“By looking ahead in this way, we’ll be able to work with the NSW Government to together provide the infrastructure and services that are needed to build new homes, attract new businesses and keep our traffic flowing smoothly and effectively.”
Cr Mack said the strategy would also provide a blueprint for supporting key assets such as the hospital and airport through possible improvements such as pedestrian crossings for hospital staff and visitors, and new roundabouts at key intersections along the Riverina Highway.
“We’ll continue to liaise with our community, including business operators along the corridor, as well as working closely with key stakeholders such as Albury Wodonga Health and Transport for NSW, to make sure we are all ready for the exciting opportunities that lie ahead,” he said.
The strategy will be publicised in newspaper advertisements, on AlburyCity’s website, and through letters and emails to property owners along the route.