Safer roads can reduce the most common crash types:
- Vehicles leaving the road.
- Head-on collisions.
- Side-impacts at intersections.
- Collisions with pedestrians and cyclists.
Road infrastructure plays a vital role in reducing crashes and the severity of injuries if there is an accident.
The Shire is undertaking a number of projects under the safer roads initiative:
Safer Residential Areas
Council has recently matched up to $1 Million in funding from the State Government’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP) to implement road safety treatments across the Shire’s highest crash risk residential areas. Initially the priority areas include Dromana, Hastings and Rosebud with other areas to be considered depending on further funding opportunities.
High risk rural intersections
In collaboration with VicRoads and TAC, the Shire is developing innovative intersection treatments to be trialled at various high risk rural intersections throughout the Shire. Proposals for more cost effective roundabouts are being developed for funding consideration to address crashes at:
- Mornington Flinders Rd/ Shands Rd
- Stanleys Rd/ Merricks Rd
Other high risk intersections are also being considered however this will also be dependent on funding availability.
High Pedestrian & Cyclist Activity Areas – Main St, Mornington precinct
The Shire in collaboration with VicRoads is developing a proposal for road safety improvements in this busy pedestrian activity area. Community consultation has recently displayed strong support for various proposals including a 40 Area speed limit.
High Pedestrian & Cyclist Activity Areas - Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud and adjacent area
VicRoads is developing a proposal to address the high level of road trauma involving pedestrians and cyclists in the section for Point Nepean Rd between Rosebud and Capel Sound. Additional pedestrian and cyclist facilities with a reduced speed limit are being considered.
Rye Township Plan
The Council has recently adopted the Rye Township Plan strategy that will incorporate many road safety improvements particularly for pedestrians and cyclists. The Shire is seeking funding support from the TAC towards the safe system treatments.
Mornington Peninsula Freeway M11 upgrade
VicRoads is implementing road safety improvements along the M11 from Mt Martha to Rosebud that will assist to address the very high number of fatalities and serious injuries occurring. The installation of wire rope barriers is underway to reduce the severity of run-off road crashes that are the most frequent crash type. This project is being funded by the State Government.