Sydney Road pedestrian safety improvements

Sydney Road will be made safer thanks to a joint $940,000 investment from the Australian and Victorian Governments as part of the Road Safety Program.

Pedestrian safety improvements will be delivered at five key intersections along Sydney Road, between Harding Street and Albert Street, creating a safer environment for people crossing Sydney Road.

Project details

As part of this project, we will be delivering the following safety improvements:

Intersection of Sydney Road & Harding Street / Munro Street:

  • upgrading and reprogramming traffic lanterns at the intersection to provide a head start for pedestrians on all crossings
  • installing electronic ‘Give Way to Pedestrians’ signs facing right turners on all approaches to increase awareness of pedestrians crossing the road

Intersections of Sydney Rd & Reynard Street / Edward Street and Sydney Rd & Moreland Road:

  • installing electronic ‘Give Way to Pedestrians’ signs facing right turners on all approaches to increase awareness of pedestrians crossing the road

Intersection of Sydney Road & Albert Street:

  • upgrading traffic and pedestrian lanterns to LED technology
  • installing a mast arm to increase visibility of the traffic lights for vehicles travelling along Sydney Road

Intersection of Sydney Road & Albion Street:

  • constructing a new pram ramp on the south-west corner of Sydney Road
  • realigning the existing pedestrian lantern with the new pram ramp
  • upgrading line marking on the pedestrian crossing to align with the new pram ramp
  • installing new tactile pavement on all pram ramps at the intersection

Sydney Road pedestrian safety improvements works map

View a larger version of the pedestrian improvement map

When to expect us

Works will begin in early February 2023 and are expected to be completed by mid-March 2023, weather permitting.

Most works will be carried out at night from 9:00pm to 5:00am, 7 days a week, to minimise disruption to traffic, business, and the tram service.

There may be times we need to work during the day. If this is required, crews will be working between 9:30am–3:30pm (weekdays) and 7:00am3:00pm (weekends).

Crews may be working at multiple intersections to reduce the overall disruption period and complete the works as quickly as possible.

What to expect during the works

During the works, you can expect:

  • temporary traffic lane and bike lane closures near work sites and reduced speeds through the works area to keep crews and road users safe
  • times where we will need to occupy some car parking near the work sites
  • some works may generate low noise levels
  • tram and bus services will continue normal service during the works
  • minor traffic delays of up to five minutes 

Road closures:

  • when working at the intersection of Sydney Road and Reynard Street, Edward Street will be closed between Sydney Road and Benson Street with a signed detour in place.
  • when undertaking line-marking works at Sydney Road and Albion Street, William Street will be closed between Sydney Road and Breese Street with a signed detour in place.

Pedestrian, business, and residential access will be maintained throughout the works. If you’re travelling through the area, please keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions, plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

We thank the community for their patience while we deliver these important safety improvements.

Background

In the five-year period ending in December 2019, 204 reported crashes occurred along Sydney Road between Bell Street and Park Street, including 44 involving pedestrians. 

Pedestrians are completely exposed to the full force of a crash, making them some of our most vulnerable road users.

This package of works builds on recent safety treatments delivered along Sydney Road in July 2021, to further address pedestrian related crashes.

Contact us

If you’d like further information on the project, you can email us at [email protected].

 

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