Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive safety improvements

We’re improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists on Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive in Bundoora, as part of the Victorian and Australian Government’s $97.2 million Targeted Road Safety Works program to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety improvements across the state.

Project Updates - October 2021

Speeds have returned to 70km/h on Plenty Road around the work area.

Crews completed critical cable upgrades for public lighting at the intersection of Plenty Road, Kingsbury Drive and Dunne Street in mid-September 2021. 

We have also installed pedestrian fencing on Plenty Road and reprogrammed the pedestrian crossing signal on Dunne Street as part of these safety improvement works. 

The shared user path on Kingsbury Drive will be open to the public when safety upgrades are complete.

In late October, crews will be onsite to construct three raised pedestrian crossings on Kingsbury Drive and carry out asphalting works at the intersection.

The project is expected to be completed by early November 2021.

Plan your journey - detour and traffic impact information

Detours and lane closures will be in place on Plenty Road when work recommences until the project is completed.

While detours and lane closures are in place, expect traffic delays over 15 minutes. Look out for signs ahead of the work area and consider taking an alternative route if possible.

When crews return, they will carry out night works on Sundays to Thursdays, from 8pm to 5am until the project is completed. 

Crews will also be onsite on selected days only, Mondays to Fridays between 9.30am to 3.30pm. 

During works, you can expect:

  • access to businesses and homes will be maintained at all times
  • speeds may be reduced to 40km/h through the work sites during construction hours, to protect both workers and drivers.
  • detours and lane closures
  • significant delays, particularly during intersection nightworks
  • some noise at the worksite near the intersection, and crews will keep track of noise levels to ensure noise disruption is reduced where possible.

To help you plan your journey, stay informed by visiting this web page or check VicTraffic for up to the minute disruption information.

We thank you for your patience while we complete these important road safety upgrades.

What we’re doing

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive

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To make the road environment safer for pedestrians, cyclists and students in the local area, we’ll: 

Improve safety at tram stops

  • install pedestrian fencing between the tram tracks at the tram stops at Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive intersection to make the area safer for pedestrians
  • install “Pedestrians Give-way to Trams” signs at the tram stops at Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive intersection, to caution pedestrians and ensure they are giving way to trams
  • widen the concrete median at the tram stops on Plenty Road to improve safety for pedestrians waiting to cross the road.

Improve safety at pedestrian crossings

  • install raised pedestrian crossings on the left turn lane on Plenty Road into Kingsbury Drive, Kingsbury Drive into Plenty Road and Ring Road into Kingsbury Drive, to make these pedestrian crossings safer for pedestrians
  • install fencing and widen the pedestrian refuge at the left turn lane on Plenty Road into Kingsbury Drive to improve safety for pedestrians waiting to cross the road
  • widen the pedestrian crossings on Plenty Road to make the road safer for pedestrians crossing the road.

Improve safety at key intersections

  • upgrade the right-turn traffic signals on Dunne Street to separate pedestrians from vehicles turning right onto Plenty Road to make the intersection safer for pedestrians crossing the road
  • install a paved shared-user path on Kingsbury Drive between Plenty Road and the Ring Road, to provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists traveling to and from the intersection

This critical infrastructure project will continue during current COVID restrictions. To ensure the safety of all workers and the community, all construction and maintenance work undertaken will operate under a COVID Safe plan.

Why we’re doing this

Pedestrians are completely exposed to the full force of a crash, making them some of the most vulnerable road users. In 2015, an average of 11% of deaths and serious injuries were from crashes involving pedestrians, that’s why we’re investing in road safety infrastructure to reduce the risk to pedestrians.

Infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing serious crashes. It also helps to reduce the severity of crashes when they’re unavoidable.

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.

Nearby projects on Plenty Road

Plenty Road Safer Speed Limit Trial

We have recently completed a trial to examine the effects of a change in speed to 70km/h along Plenty Road in Bundoora.

The trial ran from 27 January through to July 2021, between Greenhills Road and McKimmies Road in Bundoora.

Before arriving at any long-term safety solutions, we’re committed to fully understanding your experience of this section of Plenty Road. We are currently reviewing all the community feedback we received during the trial.

Read more about the trial. 

Background

Safer infrastructure is required for the high volume of pedestrian traffic at the intersection of Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive, with many students accessing La Trobe University from the Route 86 tram.

Tragically between January 2015 and December 2019, 18 crashes occurred at the intersection and three crashes involving pedestrians resulted in serious injury. 

These safety improvements will encourage drivers to be extra vigilant and look out for other road users especially pedestrians and cyclists.

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive will be made safer thanks to a $1.7 million investment through the Victorian and Australian Government's $97.2 million Targeted Road Safety Works program.

To see the safety improvement projects in your area visit our Safer Roads interactive map.

Contact us

If you have any queries or want to get in touch about works in your area you can either:

Call:    13 11 70

Email: [email protected]

 

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