Council has agreed to release a draft Lara Traffic Action
Plan for community feedback.
The 10-year action plan has been developed through ongoing discussion with the
Lara community and extensive formal consultation beginning in October last year.
This process has identified 164 individual matters relating to traffic, safety
and access in and around the town.
From these, the plan outlines the seven priority areas that have generated the
most comment, and provides status updates for each.
Redirection of quarry trucks away from
recommended the Department of Transport lead a Lara Truck Route Review. Some
improvements in signage and truck route guidance will be implemented in the
Safety of ‘six-ways’ intersection
Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) is redesigning the
intersection and has conducted community consultation. Options include a new
roundabout and a signalised intersection. In the short-term, RRV will deliver
bike lanes in 2019-20 to improve cyclist safety.
Rail line crossing at McClelland Avenue
The Department of Transport have informed
residents that construction of an overpass is not likely to happen in the short
to medium-term. The state government has ranked this crossing at No.169 in its
top 300 crossings for removal.
Review of speed limits on local roads
Specifically McClelland Avenue, Hicks Street, Mill
Road, Branch Road and Sandy Creek Road. The City has submitted speed limit reduction
applications to RRV and is awaiting outcomes.
Lara Station car parking
The Department of Transport is reviewing parking
at all Geelong train stations. This is expected to identify ways to address
demands at Lara Station.
Forest Road South/Canterbury Road
The City is
planning to review the Canterbury Road West segment and identify ways to reduce
vehicle approach speeds. Discussions about the intersection itself are underway
with RRV and any improvements will need state funding.
Safety at Station Lake Road crossing on
the Hovells Creek shared path
In the short-term, there will be traffic treatments applied to Station
Lake Road on approach to the crossing. The feasibility of an underpass is being
investigated. A pedestrian crossing with refuge is also an option. These would
need to be funded in the 2020-21 council budget.
All 164 matters identified in the draft plan have been marked as short, medium
or long-term. A number of short-term issues have already been addressed or will
be addressed this year.
draft plan will be available for comment
from Monday 19 August via www.geelongaustralia.com.au/yoursay
In the meantime, it can be read in full within the agenda for the 13 July council meeting
Mayor Bruce Harwood:
This has been a passionate topic in Lara for some time and I’m sure the
community will be very keen to have its say on the draft action plan.
Councillor Kylie Grzybek, Windermere Ward:
The list of matters identified through this process is lengthy and will take
some time to work through, with input from Regional Roads Victoria and the
Department of Transport.
The council allocated funding in this year’s budget for a number of issues that
are within our control, meaning some have already been fixed or will be
addressed in the coming months.
A lot of work has gone into
this plan, including a fantastic amount of community input stretching back as
far as two years.
I’m looking forward to hearing from the Lara community about what they think of
the draft. There are a number of positives, including several fixes that have
been funded in this year’s council budget.
As a 10-year plan, I suspect locals will have some feedback about how the plan
addresses the significant growth happening around Lara, which will pose further
challenges for traffic and road safety over the coming years.