One of Wagga's most notorious roads has been identified as an "accident cluster", with upgrades - including pedestrian-controlled traffic lights - being investigated.
In October 2019, Wagga City Council was asked to review all Bourke Street projects being explored and outline ways to improve the safety of the road for pedestrians and motorists.
An update to the request was provided in documents tabled at last night's council meeting, which listed some upgrades being considered.
"The Bourke Street pedestrian crossing at the Tolland shopping centre is potentially eligible for an upgrade as it has been identified as a dangerous black spot location (accident clusters)," the document said.
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"The proposed upgrade would include pedestrian-operated traffic lights, discussions have taken place with [Transport for NSW] in this regard with positive feedback.
"Additional locations will also be investigated due to the road being four lanes wide."
The most recent incident at the pedestrian crossing resulted in an elderly man dying in hospital a week after he was hit by a car.
Emergency services were called to the location about 5.50pm on June 17 after reports a Mitsubishi Triton had hit a pedestrian.
The 83-year-old man suffered a fractured pelvis and facial injuries and was later airlifted to St George Hospital for further treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries and died on June 24.
Officers from Riverina Highway Patrol are still investigating the circumstances behind the incident.
Councillor Dan Hayes was the one who called for a review of the notorious road in 2019, and told The Daily Advertiser on Monday they receive regular updates on the progress of these requests.
"My concern with Bourke Street wasn't just the lighting with the crossing at the shops, it was around people using Bourke Street to cross anywhere," he said.
"You have the trees blocking visibility and it's a multi-lane road."
Cr Hayes said he wanted the council to look at the stretch of road as a whole, and investigate whether there needed to be multiple small changes or one significant change to improve safety.
He said the installation of pedestrian-operated traffic lights was just one possibility, but "nothing should be off the table".
The council update also said before any changes or upgrades can be completed on Bourke Street, there would need to be consultation with all stakeholders such as Transport for NSW and Essential Energy.
It also stated the council had been working on a Safer Roads grant application since early June.
The Daily Advertiser contacted Wagga City Council for comment but had not received a response by the time of publication.
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