Addressing the urgent need for a traffic-light controlled Maiden Gully Road and Calder Highway T-intersection
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At a meeting of the MGPA Monday 1st Feb, the major stake holders were gathered to discuss the urgent need to amend the Marong Road (Calder Highway) Improvements Planning: Community and Stakeholder Engagement Report – March 2020. There was unanimous agreement that each body would survey their own communities for feedback on the issue. Results are to be combined into a final report to be presented to Maree Edwards for action.
Maiden Gully Intersection
Despite acknowledging the efforts of Vic Roads’ wide ranging consultation with the community regarding this intersection, the Progress Association believes that the process should have presented an alternative proposal and that the sample size of 72 was far too low. Their presentation focused on a cross-road four-way intersection and did not propose an alternative T-intersection.
Both Marist College and Maiden Gully Primary School have been lobbying for urgent attention for action at this intersection, as traffic flow during school times is congested. To emphasise the need, please consider the rapid development within Bendigo and our suburb of Maiden Gully that has led to Marist College’s enrolments now reaching 1150 students, peaking at 1250 by 2023 and Maiden Gully Primary’s 570 students. The enrolment of Maiden Gully Primary School is projected to be between 763 and 816 students by the year 2030. These increasing enrolments will continue to increase traffic density.
If VicRoads’ plan is implemented in its current form, with the opening of Carolyn Way to the Calder Highway to create a crossroad intersection; the Maiden Gully Progress Association is of the opinion that little consideration has been given to the effect this would have on the safety of the students of Maiden Gully Primary School. Our survey is intended to consult more widely with the Maiden Gully Community via Facebook focusing on an alternative solution not presented in the consultations by VicRoads. Findings will be combined with those from Marist College and the Maiden Gully Primary School.
Arguments for a Traffic Light Intersection:
Arguments for a Traffic Light T-Intersection by Keeping Carolyn Way Closed:
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