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10 new locations to be Silver Zones: LTA

Road safety features for the elderly will be installed at 10 more locations by 2019, under the award-winning Silver Zone road safety scheme.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday it has identified these new sites, which include places like Chai Chee Road and Whampoa Drive. It added that the sites for another 25 zones, to be ready by 2023, will be identified later.

There are now nine such zones. Six more will be completed by next year.

In general, areas chosen for the scheme are those with a high population of senior residents, relatively higher accident rates involving seniors, and amenities which they frequent, such as wet markets.

Earlier this week, this scheme won an international award - the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

In Silver Zones, speed limits are reduced to 40kmh and motorists are informed through road markings, signs and "rumble" strips, which alert drivers when their wheels go over them.

Two-stage crossings are also built, so pedestrians need to check the traffic from only one direction, and have a safety refuge in the middle of the road.

There are "pinch points" at these crossings, with narrower roads to get cars to slow down.

UPCOMING

Elder-friendly road zones to be ready in 2018 or 2019:

  • Jurong West Avenue 1
  • Whampoa Drive
  • Upper Boon Keng Road
  • Tampines Street 32 and 33
  • Lorong 5 Toa Payoh
  • Woodlands Ring Road, 

    Woodlands Drive 63 and 71
  • Bukit Panjang Ring Road
  • Teck Whye Lane
  • Chai Chee Road
  • Hougang Street 21

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