About the Project
In April 2021 Council adopted the Wonthaggi Activity Centre Plan that aims to enhance the quality and the character of the Wonthaggi Town Centre and reinforce the town's status as a Regional Centre.
During the plan development, and following community feedback, we commissioned the Wonthaggi Access and Movement Study (WAMS) to resolve competing objectives relating to freight, car parking, public transport, pedestrians and private vehicles. The study confirmed the need to provide enhanced crossing points at the Billson Street, Murray Street and Biggs Drive intersection to improve pedestrian safety, while continuing to support the through traffic function.
We have now implemented the high priorities, which included pedestrian safety upgrade works at the Billson Street, Murray Street and Biggs Drive intersection.
Coast Shire appointed contractors SR Excavations Pty Ltd and A1
Asphalting Pty Ltd to carry out pedestrian safety upgrade works .
Works now complete.
30 June 2022
Nightworks will be carried out from 3 July to 8 July 2022, from 6.00pm to 6.00am, subject to favourable weather and contractor availability.
We kindly ask that all vehicles are parked off the road during these resurfacing works.
For further information, please see the attached letter from our contractor.
- As confirmed through the Wonthaggi Access and Movement Study, Wonthaggi CBD prioritises vehicle movements and lacks safe and convenient crossing points for pedestrians. The Billson Street, Murray Street and Biggs Drive intersection upgrade seeks to improve access and the experience for pedestrians.
- Enhanced crossing points at the Billson Street, Murray Street and Biggs Drive intersection will improve pedestrian safety, while continuing to support the through traffic function.
- The traffic island built along the centre line of Biggs Drive/Billson Street will reduce movements into Murray Street to left-in/left-out only.
- The pedestrian refuge islands in the centre of Biggs Drive/Billson Street will improve pedestrian safety by allowing pedestrians to wait for only one direction of traffic to clear before walking to the refuge.
- Improvement of street lighting at the intersection.
These works were approved for funding as a ‘grey spot’ under the Federal Governments’ Blackspot program.
This $650,000 project was funded jointly by the Australian Government Federal Blackspot Program 2021/22 and Victorian State Government Regional Infrastructure Government.
Construction of a central median strip removing the conflict of right-hand turning vehicles with pedestrians.
- Reduced driver confusion and queuing lengths for right-hand turning vehicles on Murray St.
- Construction of a pedestrian refuge to shorten distances for pedestrians crossing the roads – particularly between the Murray St Medical Centre and Woolworths.
- A safe path for trucks to travel along Billson St and Biggs Dr.
- A safe path for trucks to turn left into and out of Murray St (east).
- Improvements to street lighting.