Footscray Road Pedestrian Safety Improvements

We’re improving driver compliance in the 60km/h and 40km/h speed limit zones on Footscray Road between Pearl River Road and Wurundjeri Way in Docklands, to make the road safer for school children that walk to and from school in the area, parents and other pedestrians.

Project update - May 2022

We’re installing six electronic speed limit signs ahead of the 40km/h and 60km/h speed limit zones on Footscray Road in Docklands.

In October 2021, we made the speed limit safer for pedestrians by introducing a 60km/h speed limit between Pearl River Road and Wurundjeri Way and a 40km/h speed limit during school times between Waterfront Way and Wurundjeri Way.

Electronic speed limit signs will improve driver compliance in the speed limit zones introduced on Footscray Road in October 2021 and remind drivers slow down and be extra vigilant.

From 23 May 2022, crews will work onsite at 9am to 2pm and 8pm to 6am on Mondays to Fridays. Crews will also carry out works at 7am to 5pm and 8pm to 6am on weekends.

Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2022. 

What this means for you

During construction, drivers may experience the following disruptions:

  • a reduced speed of 40km/h through the work sites during construction hours, to protect both workers and drivers
  • single lane closures near the work areas on Footscray Road to protect both workers and drivers.

You may notice noise and dust coming from the work areas on Footscray Road during these works. 

We’ll monitor construction related noise and do what we can to minimise noise during night works.

If you’re travelling through the area, keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions, plan ahead and allow for extra travel time.

What we're doing

We’re taking a proactive approach to reduce the risk of crashes on Footscray Road by installing six electronic speed limit signs between Pearl River Road and Wurundjeri Way in Docklands, to improve driver compliance in the 40km/h speed limit zone and make the road environment safer for pedestrians.

To prevent collisions involving pedestrians and reduce road trauma on Footscray Road in Docklands, we’ll:

  • install six electronic speed limit signs on Footscray Road in Docklands ahead of the 40km/h speed zone to improve driver compliance and remind drivers to slow down to 40km/h
  • install speed reduction line marking at key locations on Footscray Road to alert drivers of changed speed conditions and to slow down to 40km/h ahead of the speed zone
  • install pedestrian fencing near Docklands Primary School at the intersection of Dudley Street, Footscray Road, Docklands Drive and Harbour Esplanade to improve safety for school children walking to and from school in the area and,
  • reprogram traffic signals at six key intersections near Footscray Road in Docklands to improve traffic flow and pedestrian crossing times.

In October 2021, we improved safety for pedestrians on Footscray Road by changing the permanent speed limit between Pearl River Road and Wurundjeri Way from 70km/h to 60km/h and reduced the speed limit to 40km/h during school times between Waterfront Way and Wurundjeri Way.

We’re installing electronic speed limit signs that flash at 8am to 9.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pm to remind drivers to slow down to 40km/h ahead of the school zone. The signs will display a 60km/h speed limit and not flash outside of these hours.  

Photo of 40 km/h electronic speed sign

Why we're doing it

Introducing safer speed limits creates safer roads for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, and reduces road trauma in communities across Victoria. 

A breakdown of trauma statistics shows us that in 2015, an average of 7 per cent of deaths and serious injuries in Victoria were caused by crashes involving cyclists and 11 per cent of deaths and serious injuries were from crashes involving pedestrians. Research shows that if a pedestrian or cyclist is hit by a car travelling at 60km/h they are unlikely to survive. In fact, a pedestrian’s or cyclist’s risk of death or serious injury increases where vehicles are traveling at speeds of 30 km/h and upwards.

When electronic speed limit signs are installed ahead of a speed limit zone, they flash to remind drivers to be extra vigilant and obey the speed limit, making the road safer for pedestrians, including shoppers, children and families during busy peak hours.

These upgrades are being made thanks to the Australian Government’s $3 billion Road Safety Program being delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government, which aims to deliver safer, connected journeys in Victoria, while supporting our economic recovery.

Get in touch

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected]

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