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The study first involved a public meeting in September 2021 and our online community engagement website ‘Shape Monash’ to collect your views on Hughesdale’s existing traffic issues.
We then established a community focus group which included councillors, council officers, local community volunteers and traffic engineering consultants.
The group helped identity and discussed existing traffic issues, including:
The data tells us that traffic speed issues mainly focus on the higher volume collector roads, including Kangaroo, Neerim and Willesden Roads. We also observed higher traffic speeds in Hotham Street and within the 40km/h school zones near Oakleigh Grammar.
There’s a level of through traffic associated with motorists avoiding congestion on the boundary arterial roads around Hughesdale. However, the grid nature of the existing road network makes it hard to reduce through traffic volumes. This is particularly the case given the number of schools and non-residential uses which have a real need for local access. Because of this, our proposals focus on reducing traffic speed in the local area rather than through access control measures (i.e. road closures, turn bans, etc.).
You may already know that we don’t manage all the roads in Hughesdale. The DoT manages some of these roads and we’ll be raising several other issues the study identified with them.
The key output for the study is preparing a traffic management plan. This is like the ‘master plan’ to identify key proposals for the future. While the plan will guide future traffic management implementation, the proposals are still subject to future Council approvals and funding opportunities.
We’ve considered a range of options to address the existing issues in the area, including roundabouts, road humps, pedestrian/cyclist facilities and improvements to streets near schools.
A summary of the key proposals and the poll are provided below. A copy of the Proposed Traffic Management Plan is provided on this page.
Install a series of ‘modified flat-top’ style road humps along:
The location of property driveways, street lighting and road hump spacing requirements means we’d only be able to install them at limited locations.
The road humps would be full width and lower in height. The modified flat topped road hump is lower than a standard hump (75mm high instead of 100mm). It provides a smoother drive and reduces noise, while still addressing speed concerns.
This way of doing road humps is now our preferred design to encourage drivers to have a more consistent speed, instead of repeated acceleration and braking. This can often happen when the humps are higher and more apart. They would still allow public bus routes to operate on Kangaroo Road and Hotham Street.
We’ve installed similar humps along Mackie Road, Mulgrave (pictured above right).
We’ve reviewed the following intersections in the area based on historical crash data and community concerns. We propose the following improvements.
This is a key feature of the plan especially along Kangaroo Road, which has historically been a barrier to pedestrian movements.
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