Buninyong crossing opens

A new pedestrian crossing at Buninyong will make the intersection safer for people who are visually impaired, Vision Australia says.

Vision Australia has lobbied for changes to the crossing at the intersection of Warrenheip and Forest Streets for more than three years. The site was identified in 2014 as part of a tour of problematic roads in the Ballarat area, led by Vision Australia regional manager Laura Allison.

Ditchy's view.

Ditchy's view.

As a result of community consultation, the traffic light system will have only red and amber lights, and only when activated by a pedestrian to reduce the visual impact on Warrenheip and Forest Streets.

The traffic light poles – which are shorter than traditional poles – are painted in heritage green.

“VicRoads made changes Warrenheip Street including reducing the speed limit and creating painted pedestrian refuges but we kept advocating for our clients in the area and lobbying state government and the opposition for funding to achieve a better solution,” Ms Allison said.

The crossing, which received $350,000 from the state government, was opened by Buninyong MP Geoff Howard.

Buninyong MP Geoff Howard with members of the Buninyong community.

Buninyong MP Geoff Howard with members of the Buninyong community.