Lara Traffic Action Plan set for release

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.

These are:

Redirection of quarry trucks away from
Lara township

recommended the Department of Transport lead a Lara Truck Route Review. Some
improvements in signage and truck route guidance will be implemented in the
short term.

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
roundabout safety

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.

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