THE daily ritual of pedestrians playing Russian roulette with cars in a busy section of Kiewa Street in Albury is about to end.
The Albury Council and Roads and Maritime Services are about to install pedestrian-operated signals at the crossing between Dean and Smollett streets.
The council expects the work to start in October.
Traffic and transport team leader Steve Swann said the work was an important safety upgrade.
“More people cross that Kiewa Street threshold a day than the five zebra crossings on Dean Street combined,” he said.
“It’s one of Albury’s last crossings where motorists have right of way.”
“It can be a source of confusion.”
Both the council and the state government are spending $45,000 on the work.
More than 500 pedestrians an hour use the crossing, linking the Volt Lane redevelopment and Centro Albury, at peak times.
Another 300 cross the street elsewhere, many illegally.
More than 600 cars can use this section of Kiewa Street, putting them in direct conflict with pedestrians.
Pedestrian traffic has increased since the Australian Tax Office last year moved its operations along Smollett Street to its new home opposite St Patrick’s Primary School.
Other work, such as road reconstruction and the angle parking — first planned for early 2011 — is not expected to be done until the council’s 2014-15 budget.
The work was delayed while the Volt Lane multi-deck car park was built.
Work on another multi-deck car park, on the former gas works site in Kiewa Street, is yet to start. A $5 million-plus clean-up of the site was completed in February.