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Upgrade to Queen Street in Berry

The Berry of Chamber of Commerce and Tourism have finally met on site with Shoalhaven Council’s representative to discuss Council’s proposed Queen Street upgrade and have been provided plans detailing the intended changes.

In summary, these will include:

  • a reduced speed limit to 40kmph from Prince Alfred Street down to Albany Street;
  • the construction of 2 raised pedestrian crossings, one near the NAB Bank (current pedestrian safety zone), and a second opposite 81 Queen Street, “This Old House” Building;
  • re-installation of the “NO RIGHT TURN” from Queen Street into Prince Alfred Street – this was removed at the beginning of the year to allow vehicles direct access to the toilets at Apex Park. It will again be impossible to access the new Apex Park toilets when coming from the Northern entrance into Berry, which is the main entry point for Berry;
  • a number of changes at the Queen Street / Albany Street intersection which will result in restricted access – so much that it will be difficult to make the turn safely in anything larger than a normal car without veering onto the wrong side of the road.

See diagrams below.

The proposed raised pedestrian crossings will prioritise pedestrian traffic and therefore significantly impact traffic movement in Berry, as vehicles will no longer have right of way and will need to stop for each pedestrian seeking to cross the road.

Businesses located in the area from Prince Alfred Street to Albany and residents in the adjacent streets will be impacted once the changes are in place. The Chamber is concerned that the changes will result in traffic flow along Queen Street becoming even more congested and the ability to park in Queen Street will be made even worse than it is currently.

In addition, vehicles will start to use the quiet residential streets north and south of Queen Street to detour around the blockage, further impacting Berry residents’ safety and peace.

There has been very little consultation by Council with our Members whose business will be impacted, nor are we aware of any with the wider Berry community.

We are also unaware of any traffic monitoring that has been completed to allow modelling of the potential impacts of the changes on traffic movement in the centre of Berry.

Council is suggesting that construction on these may commence towards the end of this month.

If you have any feedback positive or otherwise it is critical to advise the Berry Chamber of Commerce and Tourism ([email protected]) and the Berry Forum ([email protected]) as soon as possible so that your feedback can be passed onto Council.

Click on any of the images below to access the pdf version which will allow you to see the proposed changes in more detail.

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