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Council Endorse CBD 40km/h Zone Application

Improved pedestrian safety and movement in the main Central Business Districts of Latrobe City after a traffic improvement project gets unanimous vote.

By Portal Admin - 18th March 2020 - Back to News

Pedestrian safety and movement in the main Central Business Districts of Latrobe City will be improved following Council unanimously voting on a traffic improvement project.

In 2019 Council endorsed an application to Regional Roads Victoria’s Safe Travel in Local Streets program for a suite of physical traffic calming and pedestrian safety measures for Moe, Morwell and Traralgon.

Council also endorsed in principle, subject to consultation and refinement, 40km/h zones.

Council Officers have since undertaken public consultation within the townships of Moe, Morwell and Traralgon on the infrastructure and proposed 40km/h zones. The consultation included workshops and online surveys with key stakeholders such as local residents, trader groups, local primary schools and emergency services.

As a result of the consultation in Traralgon a raised pedestrian crossing has been added to the project scope to be constructed on Franklin Street near the Grey Street Primary School, with the existing pedestrian crossing on Grey Street to be redesigned as a raised crossing.

Latrobe City Council Mayor, Cr Dan Clancey said that the resolution to endorse the reduced speed limits is the next step in obtaining the final grant approval from Regional Roads Victoria.

"When implemented, this decision will significantly improve pedestrian safety in our townships while having a negligible impact on travel times," Cr Clancey said.

"These changes will assist in traffic movement as people move between A and B in our major towns, but more importantly ensures the safety of our community and visitors to the region.

"We thank those who participated in our extensive public consultation activities and acknowledge the data they provided. This data assisted in identifying the need for addition of a pedestrian crossing to assist with movement of school children within the Grey Street Primary School precinct at school drop-off and pick-up times. A positive outcome for the school community."

The formal application will now be submitted to Regional Roads Victoria for review which is a necessary process to formally obtain the grant funds for implementation. Continued conversations with Regional Roads Victoria officers will need to be undertaken before the grant is formally obtained and this may refine the projects further.

Once Regional Roads Victoria review the formal application and approve the funding, the 40km/h zones will be implemented within a six to 12 month period.


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