Adding a crossing– taking two trees

Roads andMaritime Services (RMS) Chief Executive, Peter Duncan, has replied to theCommunity’s recent petition and has advised that an additional pedestriancrossing across the Kings Highway has been granted. The RMS will conduct morestudies into the safest location for the new crossing. Design work is expectedto begin in the 2014/15 financial year, however, the RMS has been urged tobring the schedule forward, given the Community’s long overdue request for asecond pedestrian crossing.

The RMS has alsoadvised that the new 80km/hr zones, installed on 30 April on the town’sentryways, are temporary until the RMS can provide ‘safety barriers to preventvehicles colliding with roadside hazards’.

Last week Memberfor Monaro John Barilaro wrote to Braidwood residents saying he “shared yourpassion for these trees”

Mr Barilaro said‘I am committed to saving this avenue of trees, while also increasing safety onthis stretch of road.”

Mr Barilaro alsosaid he strongly supported “a permanent speed reduction to 80kmp/h and theinstallation of a safety barrier. To facilitate this installation, a few minortree removals will be an unfortunate necessity.”

There has been notime frame advised for the installation of the barriers.

The draft TreeManagement Plan ( was cited as the RMS’ approach tothe trees ‘reaching the end of their lifespan’. John Barilaro has furtheradvised that the RMS have identified the first poplar on the corner ofDeloraine Lane and one at the entry of the Showground as two that would have togo.

Mr Barilaro’sletter also said that the state government was “rolling out a multi-milliondollar investment to the Kings Highway” following the extensive safety review.

Meanwhile thisweek Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is installing rumble strips on the edgeand centre lines on theKings Highway eastof Braidwood to improvesafety.

“Thecommunity provided positive feedback to RMS about the audible profile linemarking which was installed on the Kings Highway on the northern side ofBraidwood in June last year,” an RMS spokesperson said.

“The profile linemarking was installed for almost a kilometre on the northern approach toBraidwood betweenDeloraine Laneand just north of the racecourseentrance.

“The linemarking will extend for about two and a half kilometres from about 280 metreswest of the avenue of Lombardypoplars to about 800 metres east of thepoplars.”

One of the Poplar trees earmarked to go.

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