New signals

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New pedestrian signals designed to improve safety in North Oamaru should be operating by the end of the month.

The New Zealand Transport Agency announced the preparatory work for the underground ducting to carry cabling to the new signals would start on Monday, February 9.

NZTA senior safety engineer Roy Johnston said the work was an upgrade of the zebra crossing which had experienced a number of near misses and vehicles failing to stop for pedestrians.

“Local businesses and community were consulted on the changes and an agreement reached regarding the layout of the signals and the impact on parking.”

The signals, costing $100,000, should significantly increase pedestrian safety, he said.