Wednesday, July 07, 2010

new belgrave roundabout getting closer

We're about to seek tenders for a roundabout at the intersection of Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Bayview Road, Old Monbulk Road and the Belgrave Railway Station.

The project is jointly funded between the Federal Government's Auslink Strategic Regional Program and the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

Works will include the installation of a roundabout at the intersection to improve traffic congestion in the area, particularly during afternoon peak times when traffic volumes increase around the train station car park.

It's an extremely busy intersection with traffic from Mater Christi College, Puffing Billy, the CFA, local shops and the train station.

The roundabout will make it much easier and safer for motorists entering and exiting the side roads around the intersection, and will also assist in reducing traffic speeds so that pedestrians can cross Belgrave-Gembrook Road more safely. It will also make it easier for buses to exit the railway station car park bus interchange as well.

A specialist traffic engineering consultant was hired to carry out a detailed traffic modelling analysis of the intersection to ensure the new roundabout did not adversely affect the existing roundabout in the Main Street.

The study showed that the two roundabouts will operate well together and improve afternoon traffic congestion.

Tenders for the new roundabout close in August. Work on the project is expected to begin later this year.

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