Esperance pedestrian crossings to be put in place

Esperance is about to become less confusing for visitors with new pedestrian crossings being installed in the town centre this weekend.

Crossings will be installed at four locations this weekend: near the Andrew Street/Dempster Street roundabout; opposite The Esperance and Dome on Andrew Street; in front of the Police Station; and in front of Professionals Real Estate and Thorp Realty. Crossings on the raised area at the end of Andrew Street and from the library to the Boulevard will be installed at a later date.

The installation of crossings was identified through the Esperance Town Centre Parking, Traffic and Pedestrian Strategy which raised safety concerns regarding the priority for vehicles over pedestrians. Shire of Esperance president Victoria Brown said the crosswalks would bring us closer in line with other towns and be more familiar to visitors.

“It may take local drivers in town time to get used to, so I ask that everyone be patient while we become familiar with the changes,” she said.

Shire chief executive officer Matthew Scott said the “wombat crossings” had been approved by Main Roads and designed to make crossing safer for pedestrians. There will also be changes to parking signage which will mark parking zones rather than individual bays.