9 August 2021
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Council is providing an update on the traffic calming measures to reduce non-local traffic through Seabrook and improve safety on our local roads. We would like to thank the community members that provided feedback on the proposed installation of automatic bollards in Seabrook Boulevard and Shane Avenue.
The consultation confirmed that there was a need for action to address road safety issues from non-local traffic. Approximately 80% of the 691 submissions received supported options to reduce non-local traffic, with the most popular being the installation of removable bollards to restrict vehicle movements during morning peak times. Unfortunately, the Department of Transport (DoT) have raised concerns with this option. In accordance with the Road Management Act, they have the authority to make final determinations on the implementation of major traffic control devices such as this. Due to their non-support of this proposal at this stage works to install the proposed bollards cannot proceed.
Council is disappointed with this outcome and will pursue all avenues to have this decision reviewed and allow for the innovative solution of removable bollards to restrict vehicle movements during morning peak times be implemented at some stage in the future.
However, as an interim measure to minimise non-local traffic on Seabrook Boulevard, Shane Avenue and Homestead Run during the morning peak, it is now proposed to install turn bans with signs, as shown in the attached plan of works. This option was the second most preferred in the community consultation and is fully supported by DoT.
In accordance with the Road Management Act the Department of Transport (DoT), have the authority to make final determinations on the implementation of major traffic control devices such as this. We have now received formal advice from the Department of Transport (DoT) regarding the bollard installation. DoT raised concerns, as follows:
- There will be risk of collision with bollards for vehicles not familiar with the area and those who are attempting to pass while bollards are beginning to rise;
- Vehicles might find it difficult to turn around (make a U-turn) should they enter Shane Avenue or Seabrook Boulevard during the road closure; and
- There will be increased travel time for emergency vehicles to access the area.
Council officers provided responses to these concerns and sought for decision to be overturned, however to date have not been successful in delivering this outcome.
As the installation of automatic bollards was not formally approved by the Department of Transport the works to install the bollards cannot proceed.
As an interim measure to minimise non-local traffic on Seabrook Boulevard, Shane Avenue and Homestead Run during the morning peak, it is now proposed to install turn bans with signs. This option was the second most preferred in the last consultation with the community and is fully supported by DoT.
Works to install the signs and turn bans are programmed to occur in late-August. The new signs will be promoted with the VMS boards on-site and their effectiveness will be monitored by Council officers. Council will also seek for enforcement to be carried out by Victoria Police as the responsible authority for enforcing moving violations.
More broadly, DoT have completed a range of upgrade works including:
- the duplication of Dunnings Road between Point Cook Road and Palmers Road;
- the Palmers Road bridge;
- the freeway on-ramps at Palmers Road; and
- Electronic message boards at various locations in Point Cook to provide real time traffic data.
These works aim to reduce congestion on Point Cook Road, and assessments undertaken by DoT have shown that a greater proportion of motorists are accessing the freeway via Dunnings Road and Palmers Road.
It is hoped that this work will further reduce congestion on Point Cook Road and mitigate the level of cut through traffic on local streets.