WE DID IT! Saunders Rd Intersection
Funding to upgrade the intersection at Saunders and Station roads has been delivered and works have begun.
The Andrews Labor Government has delivered on its promise to upgrade two of Gisborne’s busiest intersections, as part of its unprecedented investment in regional roads.
As part of the 2019/20 Victorian Budget, the Labor Government invested $11.7 million to upgrade the intersection of Saunders and Station roads with new traffic lights, dedicated right turns, slip lanes and improved pedestrian crossing areas – making it safer for all road users.
These works will reduce congestion at this increasingly busy intersection, particularly during the peak hour rush, while boosting safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
The relocation of services is well underway at this important intersection. The new water main has already been completed. Regional Roads crews are working to relocate telecommunication assets. Powercor started relocating power underground in early May. All service relocation works are expected to be completed by early August 2020, weather permitting.
Work to install traffic signals, a dedicated right turn lane and left turn slip lanes will commence late 2020. Regional Roads Victoria will be staging the works to avoid poor weather conditions that could impact the project. Works are planned to be completed by mid-2022.
Stay up-to-date with Regional Roads Victoria’s progress via this link: Station Road and Saunders Road
Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road Upgrades
The Budget also includes $12.5 million to upgrade the intersection of Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road, which is known for its poor visibility and history of near-misses. A new roundabout has been planned and concept designs are also in their initial stages with the Andrew’s Government releasing its first look design in early May. View concept design here
Valuable insights gained during online and face-to-face community consultation influenced the concept for a new roundabout which will also deliver better street lighting and shared user paths at the increasingly busy intersection that serves as a key gateway to Gisborne for the region’s rapidly growing communities.
This consultation coupled with road safety, heritage and environmental assessments determined a roundabout as the best solution for the intersection as it will increase safety and visibility while improving traffic flow.
The roundabout will feature an existing mature oak tree in the centre, with detailed landscaping plans currently being explored to ensure the new intersection serves as a fitting town entrance for locals and visitors.