Footpaths, speed limit changes, tree planting and installing safety barriers on dangerous stretches of roads are among projects in focus by Mitchell Shire Council.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was fantastic to see so many projects that would improve the road and footpath network’s safety features.
“A community like ours is unique in the sense we have vast distances to cover and a mix of roads and footpaths that need to be maintained,” she said.
“Not only that we’re also improving the look of our community with the latest tree planting program.
“We’d like to thank the Federal Government for their assistance on the Blackspot Funding projects.”
The missing link works on Kilmore’s Melbourne Street are now completed ensuring more connectivity and movement through town.
A footpath was installed on the east side of the road between Union and Bourke streets as part of council’s $126,000 project. Due to the existing infrastructure, no footpath will be built on the west side.
There are also changes of speed limits on four roads throughout Kilmore, including Kilmore East Road, Kilmore East-Sunday Creek Road and Dry Creek road, all previously 80km/h and now reduced to 60km/h, while the O’Gradys Road speed limit has been increased from 50km/h to 60km/h.
New yellow speed limit change signs are now installed, and drivers must adhere to the new limits.
Speed limit changes are made in consultation with the community and external stakeholders such as Regional Roads Victoria.
The Mitchell Shire Annual Tree Planting Program is underway, with works already commenced in Wallan as part of the Wallan Town Centre Revitalisation Project.
Council will be planting about 1500 trees to streets this planting season, which aims to take place between May and August.
In a separate Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning, DEWLP, project, the Kilmore Racetrack Cypress Tree replacement program is underway, with updates to be provided by DEWLP.
Funded through the Federal Government’s Blackspot Funding program, projects now underway include safety barriers installed on the Broadford-Wandong Road, and an upgrade at the intersection of Broadford-Glenaroua Road and Dwyers Road.
The installation of new traffic safety barriers on the Broadford-Wandong Road, between Clonbinane and Wandong, are expected to be completed by late June, weather permitting.
The $331,000 project will also include improved line-marking and signs to improve road safety.
The $97,000 intersection works at Broadford-Glenaroua Road and Dwyers Road will improve the traffic safety features of the roads, install give-way signs, improved line-markings, rumble strips and a renewed asphalt wearing surface throughout the intersection.
Road users will need to be mindful of traffic management, which has restricted traffic flow to one lane at each stage of the works for both sites.