Council welcomes funding for safer roads on the Peninsula

Published on 05 April 2019

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has welcomed the recent Federal Government budget commitment of $85 million in funding to ease congestion and improve safety on two major Peninsula roads.

The Government’s 2019/20 Budget will contribute $75 million towards infrastructure upgrades of Jetty Road and Mornington Peninsula Freeway, and $10 million towards improving the Forest Drive and Uralla Road intersections on Nepean Highway.

Mornington Peninsula Freeway is the major gateway for residents and visitors to the Southern Peninsula carrying over 40,000 vehicles per day.

The committed $75 million will contribute to major Freeway upgrades including:

  • Immediate roundabout metering and pedestrian operated signal upgrades to improve pedestrian accessibility
  • Contribution to the installation of noise reduction barriers on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway
  • Funds toward construction of a full freeway overpass at Jetty Road.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said the funding commitment was a huge success story for the Peninsula.

“We thank the Federal Government for this significant contribution towards addressing congestion and major safety issues on some of the Peninsula’s most notorious black spots.

“Traffic congestion on the Southern Peninsula is our community’s highest priority and this announcement is a major win for everyone who travels through the intersection at Jetty Road and the Freeway.

“The area has a significant crash history and has been a longstanding safety concern for community, especially our most vulnerable groups who are often forced to cross the freeway at the most dangerous point.

“While the funding is a major contribution towards the total cost of delivering these upgrades, we still have a way to go and Council would welcome additional support from the state government by way of matched or substantial financial contribution to ensure these two projects can be delivered for the community. 

“This funding will also help Council progress towards our goal of becoming a Towards Zero municipality – to create a safe road system including safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road use”.

Earlier this year Councillor Gill met with the Hon. Jaala Pulford – Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC and Chris Brayne MP – Member for Nepean to discuss improving pedestrian safety and reducing congestion at the Jetty Road and Mornington Peninsula Freeway.

A recent online community survey conducted by Council investigating traffic congestion on the Southern Peninsula received over 200 responses indicating the community’s highest priority is to build the full interchange at Jetty Road.