Moreland Road Pedestrian Safety Improvements

The Australian Government and Victorian Government are improving safety on Moreland Road in Brunswick West to prevent crashes involving pedestrians and save lives.

Project update – January 2023

We’re improving safety at Moreland Road west of Everett Street, by installing a set of traffic lights and a raised pedestrian crossing at the intersection to prevent crashes involving pedestrians and save lives.

We have completed drainage works and there are still signal and asphalting works to be completed before the lights can be switched on.  

Crews are currently working on site at the intersection on Mondays to Fridays at 9.30am to 3.30pm. 

Construction is expected to be completed in March 2023, weather permitting.

Night works

Night works will take place from 5.00pm to 5.00am Sunday 12 February, and 8.00pm to 5.00am Monday 13 February to Thursday 16 February 2023, weather permitting. 

These works are undertaken at night to minimise disruption to the road network during peak hours.

What this means to you

During works, residents and road users can expect:

  • a reduced speed of 40km/h through the work site
  • on-street parking and bike lanes temporarily closed 120 meters east and west of the pedestrian crossing
  • single lane closures near the work site to protect workers and drivers
  • traffic management on-site during work to help everyone move through the area safely
  • short periods of medium to high level noise during works at night.

These works are not expected to disrupt weekly rubbish collection on Moreland Road. Please contact Merri-bek City Council for questions regarding rubbish collection.

What we’re doing

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In a five-year period ending 1 July 2020, two crashes occurred on Moreland Road and Everett Street intersection and one crash caused serious injury. Fortunately, no one lost their life.

We’re taking a proactive approach to make the intersection and access to nearby Dunstan Reserve and Brunswick North West Primary School safer for pedestrians, by installing traffic lights and a raised pedestrian crossing on Moreland Road west of Everett Street.

To make the intersection safer for school children, residents and other pedestrians, we’ll:

  • install a set of traffic lights and a raised pedestrian crossing 
  • carry out kerb and pavement work and,
  • resurface parts of Moreland Road near the intersection.

To make these important safety improvements, we need to remove four on-street parking spaces near the intersection. 

We understand the value of parking to the local community and we revisited our designs to minimise parking loss down to four on-street parking spaces, to accommodate the new traffic lights and pedestrian crossing.

Background

A breakdown of trauma 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.

Mistakes happen, which as humans we can’t always avoid. What we can do is build more forgiving road infrastructure so that when a mistake does happen on the road, it doesn’t cost a life.

These upgrades will be made as part of the Australian Government’s Road Safety Program, being delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government to deliver safer, connected journeys in Victoria, while supporting our economic recovery.

This $830,000 project is a joint funded project. The Australian Government is committing $415,000 and the Victorian Government is committing $415,000.

Get in touch

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

Email: [email protected]

 

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