Following a trial period and consultation, Forbes Shire Council has began work to upgrade the pedestrian crossing on Rankin Street.
Works, which started on Wednesday, will involve extension of the kerb to give improved user safety at the crossing as well as the addition of two car parking spaces. Work is scheduled to take several weeks in which time Council says will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum. Pedestrian traffic movements will remain the same for footpaths, however the pedestrian crossing will be closed for the duration of works.
Stage one will involve upgrade of the kerb section on the corner of Templar Street and Rankin Street. Traffic will remain with two operational lanes.
The second stage of the work will be on the northern side of Rankin Street and will address kerb extensions and storm water inlets. Whilst this stage is in progress, to ensure the safety of pedestrians and Council employees working on the job, traffic will be reduced to one lane with eastbound traffic on Rankin Street being detoured up Templar Street. Westbound traffic will remain as usual.
Council is also currently completing road pavement repairs in the CBD until Sunday, June 5. The majority of the works programmed will occur in Lachlan Street however some works will also be undertaken in Rankin Street, Riley Street, Browne Lane, Grenfell Street, Camp Street, Cross Street and Johnson Street.
The majority of the works will be performed during the night. The approximate start time will be 8pm and conclude by 5am. Where possible, works will be scheduled later in the night when working adjacent to businesses which trade into the evening.