$1.869 m to make Mt Eliza and Mornington roads safer

 Mount Eliza and Mornington roads will be made significantly safer thanks to $1.869 million in new funding under the Commonwealth Government’s Black Spot Programme.

Together with $74,000 for Frankston City, the $1.94 million allocation to Dunkley roads in this round will target intersections and sections of road with significant accident and injury history. The chosen projects represent works that deliver the highest benefit to the community for the funds involved.

I have long been advocating for funding to improve safety on our local roads, particularly in Mount Eliza where there has been some troubling motorist and pedestrian safety concerns – unfortunately involving fatalities.

Along with other projects underway with Commonwealth Government funding on Mount Eliza Way and the corner of Nepean Hwy, Tower Road and Volitans Ave (a project managed by Vic Roads and Mornington Shire Council), these road works will significantly improve local intersections.

A summary of the projects to go to Mornington Shire Council is provided in the below table:

Road (s) Amount Project
Wooralla Drive, from St Kilda St to Brighton Cres, Mt Eliza $1.069 million Install roundabouts at intersections of Brighton Cres and St Kilda St
Humphries Road at Walkers Rd, Mount Eliza $619,000 Install roundabout
Barkly Street at Herbert Street, Mornington $181,000 Install kerb outstands and bike lanes
Total $1.869 million  

The Wooralla Drive and Humphries Road roundabout projects are designed to reduce the chances of vehicle collision and accidents involving motorists, cyclists and pedestrians due to excessive speed.

The Barkly Street project will ensure drivers recognise the Herbert Street intersection through improved sight distance.

The projects are scheduled to be delivered in the current 2015/2016 financial year.

Individuals and community groups are encouraged to nominate local black spots for the next round of funding, with applications due by 31 July 2015. Information and nomination forms are available at: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx