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Roadworks on the horizon

Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade: Foote Street works

IT MUST be school holidays soon, as Major Roads Projects Victoria (MRPV) Lane announce further road closures will be required across the Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade as completion works continue.
A statement from MRPV says there will be intermittent nightworks between 7pm and 5am Sundays to Thursdays — and if required on some Friday nights— between now and December 21 for final asphalting and line-marking (weather pending).
These works will progress across all legs of the intersection.
Road users are urged to allow extra time as temporary lane closures and traffic management measures will be in place.
Foote Street will be closed at Williamsons Road for limited times, when there will be detours in place using Anderson Street, Porter Street, Church Road, King Street, Lynnwood Parade and High Street.
Local residents will still be able to access their properties during this time with guidance from traffic controllers.
Impacted residents closest to the scheduled works will be notified closer to the date.
The speed limit is reduced to 40 km/h through the Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade and traffic management is in place. Continue to allow extra time for your journey.
For more information, please visit the Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade webpage at bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/mrpv/fitzsimons-lane-upgrade.

Yarra Street and Ringwood-Warrandyte Road maintenance works

VicRoads is about to commence extensive road maintenance on a 1.7km section of Ringwood-Warrandyte Road.
The works will take place between Monday, December 12 and Wednesday, December 21 between 8pm and 5am, every night (except Friday and Saturday nights) on the section of Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between the Warrandyte Bridge and Jumping Creek Road, with works beginning at the Jumping Creek Road end.
VicRoads has said its crews will work at night to minmiise traffic disruption and that dates and times are subject to weather conditions.
No works will occur over the Christmas and New Year period.
Crews will return from Sunday, January 8. 2023 to complete the road rehabilitation works, if the weather permits.
We’ll provide further information before these works start.
How will this impact you:

  • During nightworks, Yarra Street and Ringwood-Warrandyte Road will be closed between the Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road and Jumping Creek Road roundabouts, with a signed detour in place via Harris Gully Road, Beauty Gully Road, Knees Road and Falconer Road.
  • There will be periods where there will be no vehicle access for properties along Yarra Street and Ringwood-Warrandyte Road.
    Please refer to the table below for further information about access.
  • Access to Yarra Street businesses and the carpark along the Yarra River will be maintained.
  • Access for emergency services and public transport buses will be maintained.
  • Medium to high noise levels.
  • Some vibrations and dust around work areas while we remove the existing layer of the road, lay new asphalt, and reinstate the road.

Planned work schedule and access information for local residents and businesses

*Please note that works are subject to favourable weather conditions and may change depending on circumstances each night.
We’ll maintain access to emergency services and public transport buses.

Schedule Works location Access information during nightworks
Monday 12 December 2022 between 8pm and 5am Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between Jumping Creek Road and Pigtail Road No access for vehicles on Ringwood-Warrandyte Road from 384 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road to 380 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road. Detour via Falconer Road, Knees Road, Beauty Gully Road and Harris Gully Road.

Residents within the closed section will not have vehicle access to and from their properties between 8pm and 5am while the road is being excavated.

Tuesday 13 December 2022 between 8pm and 5am Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between Jumping Creek Road and Pigtail Road No access for vehicles on Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between 380 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road and 376 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road. Detour via Falconer Road, Knees Road, Beauty Gully Road and Harris Gully Road.

Residents within the closed section will not have vehicle access to and from their properties between 8pm and 5am while the road is being excavated.

Wednesday 14 December 2022 between 8pm and 5am Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between Jumping Creek Road and Pigtail Road No access for vehicles on Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between 380 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road and 376 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road. Detour via Falconer Road, Knees Road, Beauty Gully Road and Harris Gully Road.

Residents within the closed section will not have vehicle access to and from their properties between 8pm and 5am while the road is being excavated.

Thursday 15 December 2022 between 8pm and 5am Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between Godfrey Avenue and Masonic Avenue No access for vehicles on Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between 358 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road and Pigtail Road. Detour via Falconer Road, Knees Road, Beauty Gully Road and Harris Gully Road.

Residents within the closed section will not have vehicle access to and from their properties between 8pm and 5am while the road is being excavated.

Sunday 18 December 2022 between 8pm and 5am Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between Godfrey Avenue and Masonic Avenue No access for vehicles on Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between Masonic Avenue and 358 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road. Detour via Falconer Road, Knees Road, Beauty Gully Road and Harris Gully Road.

Residents within the closed section will not have vehicle access to and from their properties between 8pm and 5am while the road is being excavated.

Monday 19 December 2022 between 8pm and 5am Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between Masonic Avenue and Tills Drive No access for vehicles on Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between 340 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road and Masonic Avenue. Detour via Falconer Road, Knees Road, Beauty Gully Road and Harris Gully Road.

Residents within the closed section will not have vehicle access to and from their properties between 8pm and 5am while the road is being excavated.

Tuesday 20 December 2022 between 8pm and 5am Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between Masonic Avenue and Tills Drive No access for vehicles on Ringwood-Warrandyte Road between 330 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road and 340 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road.

Detour via Falconer Road, Knees Road, Beauty Gully Road and Harris Gully Road.

Residents within the closed section will not have vehicle access to and from their properties between 8pm and 5am while the road is being excavated.

Fiveways intersection strikes again

A MAJOR COLLISION at the intersection at Croydon Road and Ringwood-Warrandyte Road has seen a resurgence of calls for an upgrade to the dangerous intersection.
A Police spokesperson told the Diary a 24-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a collision between a car and a truck just before midday on Friday, September 3.
The intersection of Ringwood- Warrandyte Road/Croydon Road/ Husseys Lane and Brumbys Lane in Warrandyte South, known locally as “Fiveways” is on a State controlled arterial road managed by the Department of Transport (DoT) which incorporates VicRoads.
Member of Warrandyte, Ryan Smith said he had been lobbying the government with three successive Labor Roads Ministers, “all of which have either ignored our community or assured us the intersection is safe”.
After years of agitation falling on deaf ears at VicRoads, many locals have taken to social media to vent their anger at the lack of action, with one local saying it is an “absolute disgrace that VicRoads refuse to do anything despite the community pleading for years”.
Renny Koerner-Brown created an online petition in 2019 that gathered more than 1,000 signatures.
Following this most recent accident she said: “It hurts my soul that after years of fighting VicRoads for something to be done, and their response to me and Ryan Smith has been “not on their radar”.

“What is it going to take to get this horrendous intersection “on the … radar”?

Former Police Officer and now Secretary of South Warrandyte CFA, Kim Dixon was first on scene at the accident, and has since written to Roads Minister Ben Minister, which she has shared with the Diary.

“If this isn’t a fatality, it will only be by the grace of god,” she wrote, after outlining the seriousness of the woman’s injuries, and the trauma of waiting with her until the Ambulance arrived.

She said it is not just the victims of the car accidents that occur at this intersection that suffer.

“The workers at the Shell Service station, who constantly see and hear accidents occurring and then go to their assistance.
The locals that live nearby, that assist the victims till emergency services arrive.
The Police, Fire and Ambulance Services that attend this intersection regularly, that just ‘accept’ that accidents happen at this intersection, as no one will acknowledge that there is a major issue there.”

Ms Dixon asked the Minister “why are roadworks being performed or proposed at intersection like Warrandyte Road and Tortice Drive, North Ringwood, that don’t carry as much traffic or seem to be less accident prone that this intersection.

“Why are insignificant roundabouts and gutter works being performed on Knees Road, Park Orchards, where there is definitely minimal traffic compared to this intersection and I would say little to no accidents occurring?” she asked.

Ms Dixon wrote:

“Someone needs to stop saying that this intersection is not on Vic Roads radar to be fixed.
Bureaucrats that allegedly keep informing members of the community that there need to be at least 3 deaths before they will even look at fixing the intersection.
This is not acceptable.
Passing the buck needs to stop and it needs to stop now.”

A spokesperson for the DoT told the Diary the Fiveways intersection, is a key, high volume access route.

“We will be working with Victoria Police to investigate the circumstances of the crash — and our thoughts are with the victim and her loved ones.
The safety of everyone travelling on our roads is our number one priority.
As part of the investigations we will review this intersection and make any improvements required to keep Victorians on our road network safe.”

The DoT spokesperson said assessments to improve the intersection are continually being made — including working to reduce bottlenecks and improve traffic flow.

“We receive many requests each year for safety improvements and upgrades to intersections, including new traffic lights, from across Victoria.
All requests are prioritised based on the extent to which such a treatment would improve safety and/or congestion at each intersection.
We consider a range of factors such as the number and type of vehicles using the intersection, the need to cater for pedestrians, the historical safety record of the site and the impact the improvements would have on the surrounding road network.”

The DoT spokesperson said there were six incidents at this intersection between 31/12/2016 and 31/12/2020,

Every which way you turn

CALLS HAVE resumed for VicRoads to solve the dangerous intersection at Five Ways, where Croydon Road, Brumbys Road and Husseys Lane intersect with Ringwood-Warrandyte Road.
An online petition has gathered more than 1000 signatures after recently being returned to circulation.
It is calling for improved traffic controls at the intersection.
The petition was initiated two years ago and has recently resurfaced on Facebook where it has generated a lot of discussion.
Petitioner Renny Koerner-Brown told the Diary she was prompted to start the petition following several near misses with cars mistakenly turning into Brumbys Road “only to have them do an abrupt u-turn” in front of her “leaving me out in a horrendous intersection in on-coming traffic”.
Mary-Anne Lowe is a resident on Ringwood-Warrandyte Road, and says every day she navigates the intersection pulling a horse float.
She spoke with the Diary about the issues she has encountered.
“It is a daily occurrence to witness blaring horns, near misses and unfortunately I have also witnessed an accident with a horse float in the last two years,” Ms Lowe said.
She says traffic from all directions need a smoother transition and clearer instruction to make it safer for all road users.
Another South Warrandyte resident, Kim Dixon, said she has been sending letters to VicRoads for years about the intersection.
She says that the confusion at the intersection itself is only part of the problem.
“I reside in Colman Road and the traffic we get coming down our street, to avoid this intersection, is horrendous.
“[Colman Road] is not designed to take traffic travelling in both directions, it is extremely narrow and there are a number of places in which cars cannot safely pass each other,” Ms Dixon said.
She said that as a result of her ongoing complaints, around eight years ago Maroondah Council installed speed humps in their section of roadway and Manningham Council have also recently installed four speed humps.
“Unfortunately, these devices have not deterred the amount of traffic that use this road to avoid the intersection,” Ms Dixon said.
“In all my correspondence [to VicRoads] I have stated that the issue in Colman Road is a direct consequence of the dangerous intersection at Croydon Road and [Ringwood-]Warrandyte Road — I get the same reply, “this intersection is not our priority”.
Leigh Harrison, Director City Services for Manningham Council said Manningham Council is aware of congestion issues and safety concerns along Ringwood-Warrandyte Road and would support an upgrade of this intersection.
“The intersection is an important connection for local roads connecting to Ringwood-Warrandyte Road, including Brumbys Road which is a no-through road.
“While VicRoads is responsible for any upgrade works, options that could be considered include a roundabout or new traffic signals,” he said.
State Member for Warrandyte, Ryan Smith, said he has been asking the Government for several years about the intersection, but he says the response he has received has been disappointing.
“I have raised the very real concerns from local residents about this dangerous intersection on a number of occasions, but these concerns have fallen on the Government’s deaf ears.
“I would hate to think that a tragedy has to occur before we see any action from the Andrews Government.
“Fix the problem now so we can avoid the kind of fatal accident that many locals believe is an inevitability,” Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith showed the Diary a series of correspondence he has had with various Roads Ministers, during his last foray into the issue in March 2017.
Back then, he was advised: “VicRoads has been monitoring the safety record at the intersection of Ringwood-Warrandyte Road, Croydon Road and Husseys Lane in Warrandyte South.
“There has been no reported injury crash at the intersection in the most recent five-year period.
“The average two-way daily traffic volume on Ringwood-Warrandyte Road has increased from 5,700 vehicles per day in 2015 to 5,800 in 2017.
“The configuration of the intersection is in accordance with relevant guidelines and is similar to many other intersections across Melbourne.
“Based on the safety record and in inspection of the site, VicRoads considered the intersection to be operating safely for all road users.
“VicRoads will continue to monitor the road safety at this location to determine the need for any future improvements.”
Member for North East Metropolitan, Sonja Terpstra told the Diary she had not had any contact from constituents regarding this intersection, but that she would follow the issue up with the Roads Minister.
The Diary contacted VicRoads for comment and a Department of Transport spokesperson said that they receive many requests each year for safety improvements and upgrades to intersections, including new traffic lights, from across Victoria, and that all requests are prioritised based on the extent to which such a treatment would improve safety and/or congestion at each intersection.
The unnamed spokesperson said that VicRoads consider a range of factors such as the number and type of vehicles using the intersection, the need to cater for pedestrians, the historical safety record of the site and the impact the improvements would have on the surrounding road network.
“The safety of everyone travelling on our roads is our number one priority, and we’re continually looking at ways we can make it safer and easier for people to use our road network.
“We’ll continue to monitor this intersection to see if there’s any safety improvements we can make,” the Department of Transport spokesperson said.

 

Community’s development dread at Eltham gateway

By JAMES POYNER

THE ROUNDABOUT at Fitzsimons Lane/Main Road on the Eltham—Templestowe border has become the focal point of a conflict between green-minded conservation groups in the latest infrastructure development from the State’s Major Roads Project team.
As part of the $2.2million Northern and South Eastern Roads Upgrade, the roundabout, which marks the gateway to the Green Wedge from Templestowe, is planned to be developed into an 11 lane intersection, in an effort to reduce congestion and improve safety.
In background supplied by Major Roads Project Victoria (MRPV), the agency stated the upgrade would “benefit more than 60,000 people who use the busy road every day.”
“Unfortunately, some tree and vegetation removal will be necessary to carry out the upgrade.
“However, Major Road Projects Victoria will plant new vegetation where there is available land within the project boundary and manage landscape and vegetation loss in accordance with statutory obligations.
“Design revisions to date have been able to save more than 100 trees in the vicinity of the project, and any options to minimise the removal of trees will continue to be considered.”
If you have not seen Eltham Community Action Group’s campaign against the development of this intersection on social media, you may have noticed the red ribbons tied around trees on and around the Fitzsimons/Main Road roundabout.
These are the trees currently marked for removal.
Nillumbik Council issued a press release on October 22 stating their disapproval of the upgrade in the face of opposition from residents and community groups with ties to the Shire.
“While Council recognises that congestion is a significant issue at the intersection and supports State Government efforts to improve this issue, Council does not support the planning process to deliver this project”.
In their last Community Update in April 2019, MRPV indicated construction would begin in 2020.
The Diary asked MRPV if there was any room for additional discussion and design changes to the project between now and 2020, to prevent the destruction of trees at the roundabout.
A spokesperson from MRPV responded:
“The Fitzsimons Lane upgrade will improve congestion, making it easier and safer for the community to travel through and around the area.
“We recognise that the greenery surrounding the Eltham Gateway is a key feature of Nillumbik’s unique landscape and we’re committed to minimising this project’s impact on the environment.
“We’ll continue to keep the community up to date as the planning stage progresses.
“We will consult with the community throughout the life of the project, ensuring that we continue to hear and consider their feedback on this important project,” they said.
MRPV has told the Diary it will be releasing revised designs — which save more than 100 trees in the vicinity — in the coming weeks.