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Traffic diversion experiment to be conducted in Seymour

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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

THE Department of Transport and Planning, DTP, will consider closing Seymour’s Chittick Place at the Oak Street and Anzac Avenue intersection for a traffic diversion experiment.

Mitchell Shire Council unanimously voted to write to the DTP seeking a report on the closure of the intersection at this month’s meeting.

In a meeting regarding the Anzac Avenue Masterplan in September, there was discussion regarding pedestrian cycling and vehicular traffic with a focus on safety mitigation.

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Due to the high risk, the recommendation identified closing Chittick Place at the Oak Street and Anzac Avenue intersection with the public still having vehicular access into Chittick Place through Pollard Street.

Access would be maintained for council services, such as garbage collection, and public parking.

The closure would be initially temporary, evaluating the benefit or otherwise of the closure and upon completion of a review a further recommendation would be put forward for council’s consideration.

A community consultation process would need to be undertaken prior to council deciding to implement the closure or not.

Cr Rhonda Sanderson said the area had been identified as a risk area.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the report from the Department of Transport and Planning on this area,” she said.

Cr David Lowe said dealing with the high-risk intersection was good.

“It’s a very strange junction and the idea of rationalising it somewhat is intrinsically good,” he said.

“It is to be noted that the community consultation process will need to be undertaken prior to making a decision to affect this or not and this motion should set all this in motion.”

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