Changes have been made to roads in Quirindi which Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is urging locals to take note of.
The council has created a temporary 'shared zone' over the Gurton Street bridge following the temporary closure of the pedestrian bridge adjacent to the railway bridge over the Jacob and Joseph Creek.
This will occur while the re-construction works of the railway bridges by the Australian Rail Track Corporation are in progress for potentially the next 12 months.
LPSC director engineering services Warren Faulkner said this single-lane concrete bridge was the safest option for pedestrian movement.
"The shared zone speed limit is reduced from the urban area 50km/h to 10km/h," Mr Faulkner said.
"Give way signage also exists on the northern approach to the bridge and this will remain in place after the rail bridge works are completed. When rail bridge works are completed and the pedestrian bridge is available for use, the temporary shared zone will be removed, as will associated signage, and the area will default back to the 50km/h urban area speed limit.
"Council requests that motorists take note of the new Shared Zone restriction when crossing the bridge and proceed carefully whilst remaining mindful of pedestrians nearby or on the bridge."
As well as this, minor additions to parking restrictions have been applied to areas of Quirindi in order to improve safety at aged care facilities and in areas where disabled parking is considered necessary.
'No parking' has been implemented between the driveways and north to Nowland Street outside the Eloura Aged Care facility in Tebbutt Street and at the footpath entrance to Quirindi Care Services in Hill Street.
A disabled parking bay has been marked out in front of the new toilet block on the eastern side of George Street between Thomas and Henry Streets. Disabled parking has also been provided for in the forecourt of the council chambers in Station Street.
Double-barrier linemarking has also been introduced in some local streets, generally at intersections with major roads. This is to assist the side road delineation, ensure motorists slow when undertaking turning manoeuvres and in some instances to assist with the parking within 10 metres of an intersection rule.
All motorists have been requested by the LPSC to respect and obey the restrictions and to remember that if police see people parking contrary to these new, as well as any existing restrictions, infringements may be issued.