Thank you to those who provided feedback on the proposal. Of the 51 properties we wrote to, 64% supported the proposal while 36% objected to it. Some residents advised us that the temporary road cushions at the bend have already addressed the issue of speeding and any additional road humps would make driving more inconvenient.
In light of the feedback, we have decided to proceed with the application for external funding through the Federal Black Spot Program (23/24) to install the road humps as proposed.
The installation of these road humps will be subject to funding approval.
About this project
Valley Street (Oakleigh South) and Haughton Road (Clayton) are local roads with a 50km/h urban speed limit. While the speed appears to have reduced slightly from 2012 to 2018, it is still 7km/h over the urban speed limit.
There were four recorded accidents in the five-year period ending June 2021. This crash trend involves excessive speed resulting in vehicles losing control.
We want to install 8 evenly spaced modified flat top road humps that are full width and lower in height along Valley Street/Haughton Road at both approaches to the bend, between Olinda Grove and Eva Street. But the installation of these traffic management treatments will be subject to funding approval from the Black Spot Program.
The Black Spot Program is an Australian Government program to improve road safety and reduce road crashes and trauma on roads.
Council will apply for a grant through the Federal Black Spot Program (23/24) to install traffic management treatments around and near the bend of Valley Street/Haughton Road in Oakleigh South/Clayton to address the ongoing traffic speeding issues.
Before we submit our application we are seeking resident’s support for the proposed traffic management measures.
Good support from residents will enable us to proceed with this application. The installation of these traffic management treatments is dependent on funding approval.
*The 85th percentile speed is the speed up to which 85% of vehicles travel. We use it as an indicator of general traffic speed.
The modified flat top 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 occur when the humps are higher and further apart.
These road humps won’t affect kerbside parking and street lighting will be upgraded as required to supplement the new road humps.