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Segment of the work to be undertaken along Merrivale Drive.

Merrivale Drive to be made safer for everyone

News Article Date: 
Friday, 5 March 2021

Merrivale Drive will be made safer for residents including school children and cyclists with new road works to begin next week (March 9).

Under the $373,000 project, funded through the Victorian Government’s Safe Travel in Local Streets program, enhancements to Merrivale Drive will include a raised pedestrian crossing at Merrivale Primary School, pedestrian refuges, coloured cycling lanes and a number of traffic calming measures.

“In 2019 Council went to the Merrivale community to ask people what they thought could be done to enhance safety for all road and footpath users along Merrivale Drive,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Vicki Jellie said.

“A number of ideas were put forward and we’re pleased to be in a position now to deliver the key elements from that collaborative process.

“It’s a growing area with lots of people, including school-aged children, moving about on foot and on bikes.

“At the same time it is the key road for vehicle access in and out of Merrivale.

Bicycle lanes will be painted on the road surface where Merrivale Drive intersects with Wilson Street, McCullagh Court, Landmann Street, Scott Street, David Street, Duirs Street and Harris Street. The coloured lanes raise help awareness and are a reminder to cyclists and motorists to look out for each other.

Green cycle lanes will also be added at the McMeekin Road and Granter Street intersection and the McMeekin Road and Gay Street intersection.

Several recommended pedestrian crossing points will be established with footpaths providing all abilities access and pedestrian refuges in the middle of the road which will also serve to have a calming effect on traffic.

The existing crossing at the school will be moved temporarily while the original crossing is raised to become a “wombat” crossing.

Other intersections will modified to direct motorists in a way that will enhance their east and west view of Merrivale Drive.

Slip lanes will be removed creating safer road crossings for pedestrians and safer conditions for residents along Merrivale Drive.

With favourable weather the project is expected to take about six weeks to complete.

Traffic will be managed around the works.

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