Sunday, January 23, 2011

new roundabout for belgrave - starting soon

Work is about to commence on a new roundabout for Belgrave at the Bayview and Belgrave-Gembrook Rds intersection.

The roundabout will span this intersection (in the background), this large scale project involved many conversations with the Belgrave Traders, VicRoads, traffic specialists, Mater Christi and Puffing Billy as well as locals.

Locals to the area will understand the current peril drivers face trying to turn right out of the Metro carpark or Bayview Rd into Belgrave-Gembrook Rd and with the added overlay of Puffing Billy tourists, it's chaos.

The project is being jointly funded by council and the federal government.

Initial works include relocating a high voltage power pole to a new pole which will take around 4 weeks, works on the roundabout proper will start after that.

The project is expected to be completed in August this year. The roundabout will greatly improve traffic safety for people exiting the station carpark, Old Monbulk Rd and Bayview Rd onto the main road.

There will also be pedestrian refuges on Belgrave-Gembrook Rd to make it a little easier for pedestrians crossing this busy road. I did try and get a pedestrian crossing installed as part of the works but it was not supported by VicRoads, so the pedestrian refuge is the next best thing.

Traffic studies have shown that the new roundabout would complement the already existing roundabouts and reduce afternoon congestion.

Although the works will cause some delays during construction this will be some short term pain for long term gain, please be patient if you drive in this region.

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