UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who took part in our local roads and footpath survey earlier in the year.
Several months ago I wrote an open letter to Geelong Council, and forwarded them your de-identified survey responses to advocate for improvements to several of our key local roads such as Boundary Road, Burvilles Road and Horseshoebend Road.
Geelong Council responded with some of the following information:
Council has endorsed the following in its draft 2022-23 Budget:
- Greenway improvements along Barwarre Road South and Boundary Road West ($18,368)
- Shared Path network - Mount Duneed – off-road trail connected to the Baanip Boulevard and Boundary Road intersection project ($156,323)
- Expansion of the signalised intersection - Surf Coast Hwy and Boundary Road ($283,324)
- Shared trail on Burvilles Road between Peaceful Ave and Horseshoe Bend Road and on Paddock Road between HSB Road and Whitehaven Chase. (119,997 in 2023-24, 119,997 in 2024-25 and 295,957 in 2025-26)
The growth area development plan lays out the strategic corridors (greenways) for active transport and is supported by the local network of paths along existing and new roads, which are a condition of permit on developments. A number of key path networks are located within existing private property and require the private land to be developed before paths can be built, creating gaps in the network in the early stages of development. We are working with developers to accelerate key links where possible and are delivering others listed in the growth area plan ourselves.
You can read Council's full response to our open letter here.
In regards to safety issues around Mount Duneed Regional Primary, our office will provide further updates to the community once further discussions have been held between Council and the Department of Education.
A map of which roads are State and Council roads can be found here: shorturl.at/atQT7
Regarding roads of State Government responsibility, please find below some projects that will improve connectivity and reduce congestion.
- Surfcoast Highway corridor planning study, $1.5m, which will result in a business case for capital works. The Department of Transport is currently undertaking a Corridor Improvement Study along Surf Coast Highway to cater for current and future growth along this corridor as the Armstrong Creek and Torquay North urban growth areas continue to develop. This study will look at infrastructure solutions to improve capacity, safety, and reliability of travel along the Surf Coast Highway corridor between Settlement Road and Mount Duneed Road.
- Level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway are being removed as part of the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication. New elevated rail bridges at these congested crossings will boost safety and traffic flow for around 36,000 vehicles that travel through these areas every day, allow more trains to run, and create new cycling and walking connections. Motorists will no longer need to wait when the boom gates are down for up to 22% of the morning peak and 15% of the evening peak and the flashing lights, trains and level crossing bells will also be eliminated, reducing noise to the surrounding area.
- $460k South Valley road resurfacing which caters for 12,000 vehicles in both directions daily.
- Barwon Heads Road Upgrade: Once complete, the duplication will:
- Improve traffic flow in the area, and make your journey safer and more predictable
- improve access to active and public transport modes
- cater for up to 44,000 daily journeys by 2031
- improve safety and reduce the severity and incidence of crashes.
- We are also extending the Geelong ring road which will transform the whole area which you can read about here: https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/mrpv/geelong-ring-road-extension-bellarine-link
Thank you again to everyone who took part in this survey, you are welcome to contribute further if there are more roads that are of concern to you.