Huon Creek Rd
With the recent residential development of the Huon Park Estate and the construction of a new intersection to access the estate it is proposed to extend the existing 60km/h speed limit 400m westwards. This will also require the existing 80km/h speed limit to be moved an equal amount in a westerly direction.
This change will provide safer access to the development and a slower speed environment for the anticipated potential increase in both pedestrian and cyclist traffic in the area.
Felltimber Creek Rd
Local residents have raised concerns about the safety of Felltimber Creek Rd with the increased pedestrian and cyclist use between McGaffins Rd and Coyles Rd.
It is proposed to extend the 70km/h speed limit, which terminates west of the McGaffins Rd intersection, through this entire section of approximately 800m. The current speed limit in this location is 100km/h.
This matter is contemplated in the adopted Planning for the Wodonga Hills Strategy (Klings Hill Masterplan, Section 2.2 Specifications for Klings Hill, Action 3, page 6), where the reduction in the speed limit along Felltimber Creek Rd is to be investigated to improve the safety of access to the Hunchback Hill Complex for walkers and cyclists.
With the recent residential developments along Kinchington Rd, and the construction of a new intersection to access these developments, it is proposed to extend the existing 50km/h speed limit 300m past the new access point at 115 Kinchington Rd.
This change is in line with State policy of 50km/h speed zones in built up areas.
Kinchington Rd is currently made up of a 40km/h time-based school zone from the intersection with Streets Road to 200m past the south east boundary of the school (50km/h outside school times). The 50km/h zone then extends a further 200m before changing to an 80km/h speed zone that continues all the way through to the intersection with Baranduda Boulevard.
It is proposed to extend this 50km/h speed zone 480m.
The remainder of Kinchington Rd through to Baranduda Blvd would remain at 80km/h.
It is proposed to remove the existing time based 60km/h speed zone adjacent to St Francis of Assisi Primary School and to extend the existing permanent 60km/h speed limit 900m to the intersection with Boyes Rd.
The proposed speed zone will cover the new access point that services the new residential development opposite John Schubert Drive.
The merits of extending the 60km/h speed zone to the north west boundary of Westmont, was considered. However it wasn’t considered appropriate as the entry/exit point to Westmont has dedicated left and right turn lanes, sight distance is excellent and vehicles heading into Baranduda will need to be slowing down to comply with the 60km/h speed limit anyway.
Lawrence St (West)/Parkers Rd/Drage Rd
It is proposed to implement a timed 40km/h school speed zone that covers an area of high use by students attending Victory Lutheran College.
The proposal includes Lawrence Street from Campaspe Street through to Drage Rd. Parkers Rd from 100m south of Lawrence St into Moorefield Park Drv to the intersection with Ambrose Court and Drage Rd from the roundabout to the existing 40km/h timed school speed zone east of Iron Way.
As a result of the significant and ongoing growth of the college, pedestrian numbers during school pick up and drop off periods are expected to continue to increase and the implementation of this 40km/h timed zone will increase the safety for both motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.