27 November 2020
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Creating a safer road environment in Altona North
Council has been listening to residents' concerns for road safety in the neighbourhood area bordered by Blackshaws Road, Mills Street, Mason Street and Millers Road.
This area around Marion Street holds the Altona North Primary School and the AW Langshaw Reserve, as well as residential homes and businesses. It is also bordered by Bayside P-12 College on the west as well as St Leo the Great Primary School and Florence Aged Care Facility to the south.
Residents also have concerns about hooning and rat-running and data indicates a high rate of accidents in the precinct. Data has also indicated that speeding is an issue during morning and evening peak hours when vulnerable residents are out and about.
This area is now subject to a Local Area Traffic Management Project, which has received funding under the Federal Government's Black Spot Program. Our aim is to address safety concerns with a holistic view of the issues in this precinct, in order to avoid pushing the problem into nearby streets.
Concept plans have been developed with the goal of increasing safety, enabling a more pedestrian friendly environment and reducing the number of accidents. The plan contains proposed measures only and we welcome feedback on them so we can provide a safe road network for all users.
How your feedback has informed the concept design
Based on your feedback, where possible, Council has amended the concept designs for the Altona North Precinct with a strong focus addressing paths of travel for pedestrians and cyclists to the Altona North Primary School. A number of changes surrounding the school precinct have also been designed to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable members of our community including installing raised treatments at more intersections to address concerns that the speed humps and cushions are not effective. Click here to view the final concept plan and What We Heard from the consultation.
given the adjustments to the concept plans based on the community feedback we have received, Council will now proceed through to the implementation stage of these works. We have prioritised the work on Marion Street, which received Federal Government Blackspot funding, to occur first. We anticipate these works to occur in early January 2021. A works notice will be issued to residents on Marion Street two weeks prior to these works occurring. The remaining works will be packaged together for including and implementation over the coming financial years.
There is a strong theme received from the consultation that the proposed traffic treatments do not go far enough. Taking this on board, Council has proceeded with an application ot the Department of Transport for a speed limit reduction within the precinct and will continue to monitor the effects of the traffic calming treatments to ensure the ongoing safety of residents within the precinct.
Local Area Movement Plans (LAMPs) - Northern Package
There are a number if issues raised that sit outside the scope of this project. These issues have been included in the consultation for the Local Area Movement Plans - Northern Package. This consultation process is now open and we strongly encourage you to get involved and provide your feedback on the current condition of the transport network in the northern section of Hobsons Bay. Click here to provide input into the Local Area Movement Plans - Northern Package consultation process.
What do these traffic treatments include?
A number of traffic treatments have been proposed to provide a safer and more pedestrian friendly environment. These are proposed measures only and will replace the existing treatments in this precinct. We welcome feedback on them so we can provide a safe road network for all users in this section of Altona North.
The proposed traffic treatments include:
- Raised Platform / threshold treatment - to slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety and accessibility.
- Speed Cushions - a speed controlling device, slowing traffic down
- Changed Intersection Priority - shifts the dominance of the main road to the minor rad to slow traffic down and increase alertness among motorists
- Raised Intersections - to encourage drivers to slow as they enter intersections
- Refresh line marking at roundabouts - increase visibility of the roundabouts
- Splitter Islands - narrows the width of the roads at intersections and effectively slows traffic
- Pedestrian Refuge Islands - to protect pedestrians as they cross the road
- Pedestrian Crossings - to provide a safe crossing point and improve pedestrian safety and accessibility.
- Raised School Crossing - to slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety and accessibility.
Click here to view a copy of the draft concept plan or download a copy from the document library on the right side of this page.
About the initial concept plan
In what streets are these traffic treatments proposed?
The study area is bounded by Blackshaws Road, Mills Street, Mason Street and Millers Road, Altona North.
The proposed treatments are located in the following east - west streets and at intersections with their corresponding north - south streets:
- May Street
- Marion Street
- Cresser Street
- Streets around the Altona North Primary School
We invite you to view the proposed measures in each of the streets as listed below or through the detail on the Proposed Traffic Treatment Map below and provide your feedback in the survey.
New speed limit
There is the potential for the speed limit in the entire precinct to be lowered to 40km/hr. This is subject to approval by the Department of Transport and we are seeking your view on this proposed speed reduction.
There is the potential for the speed limit to be lowered to 40km/hr throughout the precinct. This is subject to approval by the Department of Transport and we are seeking your views on this proposed speed reduction.
- Raised platform at the entrances to May Street at Millers Road and Mills Street
- Installation of speed cushions on the May Street approach to the intersection of May Street / Seventh Avenue and May Street / Third Avenue and May Street / First Avenue
- Change the intersection priority (to ensure the higher volume traffic street gives way to the lower volume traffic street) at the intersections of May Street / Sixth Avenue and May Street / Fourth Avenue and install speed cushions on the Sixth Avenue and Fourth Avenue approaches
- Improved splitter islands (an intentional narrowing of the road width to slow traffic) and pram crossings on the May Street approach at the intersections of May Street / Fifth Avenue and May Street / Second Avenue
Marion Street has received Blackspot Funding from the Australian Government to address ongoing traffic issues.
- Raised Platform at the Millers Road entrance
- Raised intersections at Seventh, Sixth, Third, First and Angus Avenues intersections
- Splitter Islands (an intentional narrowing of the road width to slow traffic) and refreshed line marking on roundabouts at the Fifth and Second Avenue intersections
- Refreshed line marking on roundabout at the intersection of Marion Street and Mills Street
- New pedestrian crossing at the intersection with Second Avenue
- Raised Platform at the Millers Road and Mills Street intersections with Cresser Street.
- New speed cushions at the Cresser Street approach to the Seventh Avenue and the First Avenue approached
- Change priority intersections (to ensure the higher volume traffic street gives way to the lower volume traffic street) and install new speed cushions at the Fifth Avenue and Third Avenue intersections with Cresser Street.
- New Raised School Crossing east of the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Cresser Street.
- Raised pedestrian crossing east of the intersection of Third Avenue and Cresser Street
- Zebra crossing north of the intersection of Second Avenue and Cresser Street
- New raised school crossings installed on Seventh and Fifth Avenues and Cresser Street adjacent to the school