THE STATE Government has spent $150,000 to improve safety outside Korumburra Primary School, upgrading the pedestrian crossing on Mine Road, and reducing a section of the road from two lanes to one.
The works involved adding kerb outstands and building a concrete traffic island in the centre of the road to reduce the distance needed for children to cross safely.
In the coming weeks, VicRoads will also reseal sections of the road and paint fresh lines.
VicRoads’ acting regional director (Eastern Region) Pas Monacella said the improvements will have minimal impact on travel times for drivers but will be critical in improving the safety of some of our most vulnerable road users.
“We’ve worked closely with the school and South Gippsland Shire Council to design the upgraded pedestrian crossing on this busy road,” Mr Monacella said.
“We know this will be a change for drivers, but it will make a huge difference in getting our kids to school safely,” he said.
Korumburra Primary School principal Sharon Mitchell is confident the upgraded crossing will improve safety around the school.
“There’s a lot of heavy traffic on that road, and reducing traffic from two lanes to one will make people slow down and provide more of a buffer for students,” she said.