Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) will begin automating CBD pedestrian crossings as soon as possible to help limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This measure follows discussions between the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Council around the need to minimise unnecessary surface contact at pedestrian crossings.
TRC General Manager of Infrastructure Services, Mike Brady said traffic lights would become automated at key CBD locations and pedestrian crossing buttons will not need to be pressed between 6 am and 6 pm.
“We are programming lights at major intersections to automatically transition between traffic and pedestrian access,” Mr Brady said.
“In total, all 19 signalised intersections within the area bound by Clifford, Herries, Neil and Russell Streets and the signals on Anzac Avenue at Clifford Gardens will be automated.
“Pedestrian buttons at these locations will not need to be pressed between 6 am and 6 pm to cross the road safely.
“If you need to visit these areas during these hours, please don’t press the button – just wait for the green signal to cross.
“Signage explaining the new measure is being installed at traffic lights this week.
“Outside these hours, and for other pedestrian crossings, please use your elbow to press the button.
“Signage advising people to use their elbow is also being installed this week.
“The health and wellbeing of our community is Council’s number one priority.
“It’s crucial that we all follow the current health advice and practice social distancing.
“This means staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres from others in public places.
“I would also like to encourage everyone to refer to the information provided by the State Government’s lead agency Queensland Health, during this pandemic.”