Turner Rd and Bernard St - Proposed speed limit, safety and traffic signal changes

Council is responding to community concerns about traffic and safety in Turner Rd, Highett and Bernard St, Cheltenham.

Council is seeking your opinion on three separate projects in the area to slow traffic and improve safety:

  • Project 1: reducing the speed limit along Turner Rd, Highett from 60 km/h to 50km/h
  • Project 2a: reducing the speed limit along Bernard St, Cheltenham from 60 km/h to 50km/h
  • Project 2b: installing speed cushions near Parnell Street and Rosewarne Avenue
  • Project 3: the option of changing OR upgrading the traffic signal on Bernard St near Wingrove St Cheltenham.

Please note: we welcome your feedback on one or all of the projects.


Project 1: Reducing the speed limit along Turner Rd, Highett from 60 km/h to 50km/h

In response to community concerns regarding the speed limit along Turner Road in Highett, Council is proposing to change the speed limit from 60 km/h to 50 km/h.

All speed limits in Victoria are governed by VicRoads and an important consideration in any speed limit change is the community’s feedback on the proposal.


Project 2: Reducing the speed limit along Bernard St, Cheltenham and installing speed cushions near Parnell Street and Rosewarne Avenue

Council is responding to community concerns about the speed limit along Bernard Street and safety when accessing the parking spaces outside the shops between Parnell Street and Rosewarne Avenue, Cheltenham.

The 50km/h speed limit is consistent with similar Council managed roads and will help to improve safety and amenity in the area. The proposed speed humps will enhance safety outside the shops as well as helping pedestrians to cross the road using existing centre refuge islands.

All speed limits in Victoria are governed by VicRoads and an important consideration in any speed limit change is the community’s feedback on the proposal.

Bernard Street and Parnell Street

Bernard Street and Rosewarne Avenue

Project 3: Bernard St Cheltenham, changing OR upgrading the traffic signal near Wingrove St

Background:

Council is responding to community concerns regarding the pedestrian operated signal crossing on Bernard Street, near Wingrove Street, Cheltenham. Community concerns include frequent failures of the signal hardware and drivers failing to stop at the signal.

Council Action:

Council has conducted an investigation of the pedestrian operated traffic signal crossing, including inspection of the hardware and conducted a pedestrian volume survey. Results indicate that the hardware is old and requires an upgrade.

Previously, the crossing served a nearby school which no longer exists. As such, the current pedestrian and traffic volume does not meet the level required for a pedestrian operated signal crossing. An informal pedestrian crossing is much better suited in these circumstances. Due to the lack of pedestrian volume, drivers don’t expect the signal to turn red, which leads to a large number of drivers failing to stop at the signal.

Council acknowledges that the pedestrian crossing has been operating at the location for a long time, and it forms a path for regular users to cross Bernard Street which has a high traffic volume. As such, we would like your feedback regarding two proposed alternatives:

Option 1: Retain and upgrade the essential hardware of the pedestrian operated traffic signal crossing to improve the reliability of the hardware.

Option 2: Replace the pedestrian operated traffic signal crossing with an informal pedestrian crossing. This would include a staged centre refuge island and possible speed humps at the approach of the crossing. Four parking spaces would also be reinstated. Please see image below for option 2 design.


Have Your Say

Input on the projects is welcome by 5pm Friday 25 October 2019.

Please complete the survey below, or leave a comment in our guestbook.

Please note: all questions on the survey are optional, you are welcome to comment on one or all of the projects.


Further Information

For further information please contact the Traffic & Transport team on 1300 653 356.

Council is responding to community concerns about traffic and safety in Turner Rd, Highett and Bernard St, Cheltenham.

Council is seeking your opinion on three separate projects in the area to slow traffic and improve safety:

  • Project 1: reducing the speed limit along Turner Rd, Highett from 60 km/h to 50km/h
  • Project 2a: reducing the speed limit along Bernard St, Cheltenham from 60 km/h to 50km/h
  • Project 2b: installing speed cushions near Parnell Street and Rosewarne Avenue
  • Project 3: the option of changing OR upgrading the traffic signal on Bernard St near Wingrove St Cheltenham.

Please note: we welcome your feedback on one or all of the projects.


Project 1: Reducing the speed limit along Turner Rd, Highett from 60 km/h to 50km/h

In response to community concerns regarding the speed limit along Turner Road in Highett, Council is proposing to change the speed limit from 60 km/h to 50 km/h.

All speed limits in Victoria are governed by VicRoads and an important consideration in any speed limit change is the community’s feedback on the proposal.


Project 2: Reducing the speed limit along Bernard St, Cheltenham and installing speed cushions near Parnell Street and Rosewarne Avenue

Council is responding to community concerns about the speed limit along Bernard Street and safety when accessing the parking spaces outside the shops between Parnell Street and Rosewarne Avenue, Cheltenham.

The 50km/h speed limit is consistent with similar Council managed roads and will help to improve safety and amenity in the area. The proposed speed humps will enhance safety outside the shops as well as helping pedestrians to cross the road using existing centre refuge islands.

All speed limits in Victoria are governed by VicRoads and an important consideration in any speed limit change is the community’s feedback on the proposal.

Bernard Street and Parnell Street

Bernard Street and Rosewarne Avenue

Project 3: Bernard St Cheltenham, changing OR upgrading the traffic signal near Wingrove St

Background:

Council is responding to community concerns regarding the pedestrian operated signal crossing on Bernard Street, near Wingrove Street, Cheltenham. Community concerns include frequent failures of the signal hardware and drivers failing to stop at the signal.

Council Action:

Council has conducted an investigation of the pedestrian operated traffic signal crossing, including inspection of the hardware and conducted a pedestrian volume survey. Results indicate that the hardware is old and requires an upgrade.

Previously, the crossing served a nearby school which no longer exists. As such, the current pedestrian and traffic volume does not meet the level required for a pedestrian operated signal crossing. An informal pedestrian crossing is much better suited in these circumstances. Due to the lack of pedestrian volume, drivers don’t expect the signal to turn red, which leads to a large number of drivers failing to stop at the signal.

Council acknowledges that the pedestrian crossing has been operating at the location for a long time, and it forms a path for regular users to cross Bernard Street which has a high traffic volume. As such, we would like your feedback regarding two proposed alternatives:

Option 1: Retain and upgrade the essential hardware of the pedestrian operated traffic signal crossing to improve the reliability of the hardware.

Option 2: Replace the pedestrian operated traffic signal crossing with an informal pedestrian crossing. This would include a staged centre refuge island and possible speed humps at the approach of the crossing. Four parking spaces would also be reinstated. Please see image below for option 2 design.


Have Your Say

Input on the projects is welcome by 5pm Friday 25 October 2019.

Please complete the survey below, or leave a comment in our guestbook.

Please note: all questions on the survey are optional, you are welcome to comment on one or all of the projects.


Further Information

For further information please contact the Traffic & Transport team on 1300 653 356.