February 27, 2018

COUNTERS, CAMERAS, ACTION FOR BALLARAT EASTERN LINK

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard welcomed the installation of cameras and monitoring equipment on roads between Ballarat and Buninyong that will record the movement of cars, trucks, and cyclists.

“The Andrews Labor Government has invested $150,000 in a feasibility study to investigate a potential transport link to the east of Ballarat, which has long been discussed in the local community,” Mr Howard said.

“Following initial consultations with local residents and the Buninyong & District Community Association, the next stage of this work is now underway to investigate the travel movements of local road users.

“Monitoring equipment, including traffic counters and cameras, have been installed on arterial roads around Ballarat and Buninyong to study traffic movements into and through these two areas this week.

“The data captured will provide vital insights into popular travel routes, peak travel times and heavy vehicle behaviour.

“This includes identifying potential treatments to improve traffic flow and movement for industry, drivers and residents.

“With its focus on the movement of traffic between the Midland Highway and Western Freeway, the feasibility study will tell us the best options to reduce the number of trucks traveling through the populated areas of Buninyong and Ballarat.

“The scope will also include investigating the potential upgrade of Yankee Flat Road, between Warrenheip and Mt Buninyong.

“By considering a range of options and with the input of the local community, it will ensure we can deliver a purpose-built road that meets the needs of all road users, improves safety and enables Buninyong to maintain its village atmosphere and amenity.”

The feasibility report is expected to be finalised in mid-2018.