Pedestrian safety treatments

Treatments and devices to improve safety for people with visual and physical disabilities

Audio tactile or walk push buttons

Audio tactile unitThese are designed to assist pedestrians with impaired vision or hearing in locating the push button and using the crossing safely. The WALK signal is an initial squeak followed by a rapid pulsing noise. The DON’T WALK signal is a beep sounding every two seconds.
Kerb ramps
Standard kerb ramp

Conforming to the Australian Standards for length and gradient, kerb ramps assist pedestrians by orienting the ramp grade in the direction of travel and aligning the ramps, with push button signals, on both sides of the road.

Microwave motion detectors
Microwave pedestrian detector

The detectors are mounted on the tops of poles at intersections to detect slow moving pedestrians and allow them to cross the road safely by delaying the change of traffic signals.

Painted medians
Walk through

These are wider sections painted on the centre of the road. They guide traffic in lanes and create a safe place for pedestrians or cyclists, to enable them to concentrate on crossing one direction of traffic at a time.

Tactile ground surface indicators
Tactile ground surface

The indicators are essentially differing ground surfaces, used to provide information about footpaths to vision impaired people through their sense of touch. They are detected either underfoot or via a walking cane. Changes in ground surface indicate the approach to a hazardous area such as a road or signal crossing and show the correct direction in which to proceed.

Pedestrian refuges

Pedestrian refugee

Pedestrian refuges are wider sections of the median strip where pedestrians or cyclists can stand, with relative safety, in the middle of the road. These refuges are installed where it is difficult for people to cross the full width of a busy road and make it possible to cross one stream of traffic at a time.

Pedestrian refuges:

  • may be walkthroughs, having a walkway cut through them and handrails constructed to further ensure the safety of people crossing roads
  • can be either a solid raised median, a small traffic island or a painted median
  • may have ramps at the kerbs on both sides of the road
  • may have white handrails with red reflective strips in the cut-out section of the solid
  • may have kerb ramps if they are raised medians.

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Northern Connector lines painted black in new trial

01 Apr 2021

Black contrasting line marking, aimed at improving road safety and visibility, will be trialled on the Northern Connector in a state-first.

The new line marking will require the temporary full closure of the Northern Connector to all southbound traffic, and the temporary partial closure to northbound traffic, next weekend.


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REMINDER: Temporary closure of intersection of South Road and Regency Road for bridge move

30 Dec 2020

As part of the Regency Road to Pym Street Project there will be a temporary partial closure of the South Road and Regency Road intersection from 5am Monday, 4 January, to 5am Monday, 11 January, weather permitting.


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Road safety works

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Northern Connector lines painted black in new trial

01 Apr 2021

Black contrasting line marking, aimed at improving road safety and visibility, will be trialled on the Northern Connector in a state-first.

The new line marking will require the temporary full closure of the Northern Connector to all southbound traffic, and the temporary partial closure to northbound traffic, next weekend.


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Final asphalt for Darlington Upgrade Project

07 Nov 2020

As part of the Darlington Upgrade Project, night and weekend works will be undertaken in the lowered motorway and on South Road to install the final layer of asphalt and line marking.


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