Point Cook Road and Central Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements

We’re improving safety along Point Cook Road and Central Avenue by installing traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, as part of the Australian Government’s Road Safety Program, being delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government. 

Project update - October 2022

We’re improving safety at Point Cook Road and Central Avenue intersection in Altona Meadows by installing two sets of traffic lights with raised pedestrian crossings at the intersection, to prevent crashes involving pedestrians and save lives.

The new traffic lights and raised pedestrian crossings on Point Cook Road and Central Avenue intersection will give pedestrians a safe place to cross the road and the locations were chosen as a priority, based on safety and accessibility.

What this means for you 

From late-October 2022, crews will work onsite at nights on Monday to Friday at 9pm to 5am until December 2022, weather permitting.

During works, drivers will experience some the following disruptions:

  • a reduced speed of 40km/h through the work site during construction hours.
  • a 60km/h speed limit will be reinstated after construction hours.
  • single lane closures near the work site to protect both workers and drivers.
  • short periods of medium to high noise when concrete is cut.

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

Access to properties from Point Cook Road and Central Avenue will be kept open at all times.

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

Point Cook Road Central Avenue Pedestrian Crossing Upgrade Map

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What we’re doing

To improve pedestrian safety on Point Cook Road and Central Avenue intersection we will:

  • install traffic lights with a raised pedestrian crossing on the north and south sides of the traffic island on Central Avenue
  • install a pedestrian footpath and pedestrian fencing on the traffic island on Central Avenue 
  • install new bike lane line markings on Central Avenue to improve safety at the intersection for cyclists
  • carry out minor drainage and line marking works
  • remove the existing pedestrian refuge on Central Avenue and install pedestrian fencing
  • remove three trees located on the traffic island on Central Avenue to accommodate the pedestrian footpath. 

The new traffic signals will be programmed to keep traffic flowing until pedestrians are detected at the pedestrian crossings, balancing the need to improve safety for pedestrians and the needs of all road users. 

Projects nearby

We’re making several improvements at the intersection of Point Cook Road and Sneydes Road to improve congestion and road safety. 

Works will include the installation of new traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and improved public lighting, as well as lane widening and new share user paths to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

To learn more about how we’re improving congestion and road safety on Point Cook Road and Sneydes Road intersection and for construction updates, please visit the project web page.

Background

In the five-year period ending in December 2019, 12 crashes occurred at the intersection of Point Cook Road and Central Avenue that caused serious injury and one crash involved a pedestrian. Fortunately no lives were lost.  

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 $930,000 project is jointly funded with both the Australian Government and the Victorian government with each committing $465,000.

Get in touch 

To find out more about this project.

Email: [email protected]

 

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