Update on Beach Road traffic management improvements

Published on Monday 8 May, 2017

Surf Coast Shire Council is close to having everything in place for the start of vital traffic management works to improve safety at Torquay’s Beach Road/Surf Coast Highway intersection.

Mayor Brian McKiterick said Council officers are working their way through the detailed VicRoads process, which needs to be completed before the traffic lights can be installed.

“Council is working towards obtaining final approval from VicRoads. The final designs are now complete and Telstra is about to start work on relocating its services,” said Cr McKiterick.

Cr McKiterick said the intersection’s high incidence of vehicle collisions in recent years regularly attracted community concern, as evidenced by comments on social media following another accident recently.

“We understand people’s concern and are moving as quickly as we can to improve motorist and pedestrian safety at this intersection.”

In May 2016, Council reallocated almost $600,000 in funding originally allocated for a roundabout at the South Beach Road/Surf Coast Highway intersection.

This followed the Victorian Government’s announcement of TAC funding for the roundabout, enabling Council to affirm the Beach Road traffic management improvements within its capital works program.

Cr McKiterick said the roundabout, a VicRoads project, is scheduled for next year. The project is being co-funded by TAC ($2.5 million) and Council ($800,000), and has a two-year funding profile due for completion in late 2018.