201505.22

Increased road safety for Mt Eliza residents

Friday 22 May 2015:

Mount Eliza motorists and pedestrians will be safer following confirmation by VicRoads of much-needed improvements to be undertaken on Nepean Highway near Tower Road later this year.

Following my 2013 election commitment to ensure safety improvements could occur at the intersection of Nepean Hwy, Tower Road and Volitans Ave in Mount Eliza, I secured a $300,000 commonwealth commitment. Following further advocacy, I am pleased the Commonwealth Government funding has increased by $100,000, confirmed in the recent Budget.

With the commonwealth contribution and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s $100,000, the total amount available for the safety upgrades stands at $500,000.

I am heartened Vic Roads has confirmed it will carry out improvements, as I have been concerned about pedestrian and motorist safety moving around the bustling Mount Eliza village for a number of years.

Based on advice from Vic Roads I anticipate the improvements, which will take about three months to complete, will include:
* the installation of pedestrian operated
traffic signals
* relocation of the south bound bus stop
vehicle
detectors on Tower Road
* construction of a footpath on the eastern side
of the Nepean Highway and;
* on-road bicycle treatments.

This will assist greatly in improving safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in the area.

The vehicle detection pads on Tower Road which will trigger the pedestrian traffic signals will particularly help in avoiding dangerous manoeuvres by drivers who have run out of patience trying to enter the often heavy and fast-paced Nepean Highway traffic.

In December last year I provided the draft plans from VicRoads to residents and asked for feedback.

This feedback identified a great deal of support for action and strong views about installing a roundabout or full signalisation at the intersection, which I passed on to Vic Roads.

While I am disappointed the State Government has not contributed funding to the project and the final Vic Roads plans show not all of these recommendations have been able to be included, I am pleased there will be extra measures to improve safety at the intersection.

This project adds to black spot funding of $767,000 I previously secured for the installation of a roundabout at Mount Eliza Way, which will also improve safety in the Mount Eliza area.