Work to slow traffic in the South Lawson Street parking lot will begin on Monday
Work to improve the safety of pedestrians using the South Lawson Street parking lot in Byron Bay will begin Monday (July 26), starting with the construction of a new traffic island that will permanently block entry of vehicles into the driveway. next to Jonson’s Byron Bay Hot Bread Kitchen. Street.
As of Monday, vehicle access to the South Lawson St parking lot will only be from Lawson Street.
Motorists can, however, still exit the parking lot via the lane on Jonson Street or Lawson Street.
“This work is part of the Council Rail Corridor upgrade and the goal is to stop the current use of this parking lot as a rat race to Lawson Street and create slower traffic movements. and a safer pedestrian experience by making the space a shared area for cars and people, ”said Phil Holloway, director of infrastructure services at the Council.
“Once the work is completed, this parking lot will be directly connected to a new promenade that we are building across the rail corridor so that people can move safely between the city center and the western part of the city.
“Altering traffic patterns inside and outside this parking lot and blocking the driveway to traffic coming from Jonson Street will end the use of the parking lot as a shortcut and pose a danger to people. pedestrians, ”Holloway said.
Water barriers will be in place on Jonson Street and traffic control signs to inform motorists of the work in the driveway which will take three weeks.
“During construction of the traffic island, there may be short periods of time that the driveway on Jonson St needs to be completely closed, but we will update surrounding signage to alert motorists to this.
“Otherwise, what we need people to remember is that the entrance to the South Lawson Street parking lot is now through Lawson Street,” Holloway said.