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:
Black Spot projects
The Shire has recently secured almost $6 million in federal Black Spot funding to address high risk locations. The following projects are being prepared for delivery in 2021-22:
- Mount Eliza pedestrian safety improvements
- Hastings township 40km/h area
- Dromana township 40km/h area
- Myers Road/Hendersons Road, Bittern roundabout
- Hodgins Road/Stumpy Gully Road, Tuerong roundabout
- Shoreham Road safety upgrade
- Codrington Street/Ligar Street, Dromana roundabout
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:
- Balnarring Road/ Myers Road
- Coolart Road/ Myers Road
- Stanleys Rd/ Merricks Rd
Other high risk intersections are also being considered however this will also be dependent on funding availability.
Mornington pedestrian safety improvements
Mornington Peninsula Shire worked in collaboration with the Victorian Department of Transport to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists in the Mornington commercial precinct and foreshore area. The improvements include raised pedestrian crossings, pedestrian refuge islands and an area-wide 40 km/h speed limit. The $2.135m project was funded as part of the Victorian Government's Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund, and was delivered by Mornington Peninsula Shire.
Rosebud pedestrian safety improvements
VicRoads has delivered improvements on Point Nepean Road and the adjacent area to improve safety and address the high level of road trauma involving pedestrians and cyclists. The works include a new signalised crossing near First Avenue, improved pedestrian and cycling facilities, and a safer speed limit on Point Nepean Road.
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.
To find out more about Mornington Peninsula Shire projects, visit Major Projects - Mornington Peninsula Shire (mornpen.vic.gov.au)