Wallan pedestrians given the green light
Safety in Wallan has received a much-needed boost with a new pedestrian crossing on High Street, activated.
The lights are an important safety measure and will help people move between Wallan’s retail strip and the community recreation spaces in Hadfield Park. We were advised by Regional Roads Victoria (formerly VicRoads) the traffic lights were switched on at midday Friday16 August.
The lights are linked with the intersection signals at Watson Street and at Queen Street ensuring peak traffic flow periods are not impacted.
The new crossing is part of the $4.1 million Wallan Town Heart revitalisation which is helping to transform the town into a connected, vibrant community and retail hub.
Wallan is growing rapidly and in the coming decades there will be more vehicles driving through the area than ever before making safety a key priority for Mitchell Shire Council.
“Wallan’s growing community was clear in its need for a safe link between the very popular Hadfield Park and shopping precinct. The popularity of the park, its family-friendly atmosphere and not to mention markets and festivals held regularly, mean the Wallan Heart and park are a key community connector,” he said.
“The lights will provide safety for pedestrians as well keeping traffic moving through the town centre. With a growing community catering for families and older residents’ safety is at the forefront of the installation of this pedestrian system.
“When we started the Town Heart project, one of the things the community told us they wanted was a safe place for people to cross and link with businesses in the town. The lights being switched on will help people cross and improve safety for events like markets and festivals in the area,” he said.
“This will be a critical piece of infrastructure for years to come.”