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Safety improvements for Chirnside Park intersections

Published on 08 February 2019


Much-needed improvements at two key intersections are about to go ahead in Chirnside Park, thanks to Federal Government funding with support from Council and developers.

New traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing will soon be installed at Kimberley Drive and Blacksprings Road at Chirnside Park, worth $376,000.

The Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery program has provided $247,000 towards the project and $129,000 will be levied from developers under the Chirnside Park Major Activity Centre Development Contributions Plan.

The tender has been awarded and works are expected to begin in March.


Cr Richard Higgins with Federal Member for Casey at Kimberley Drive and corner of Blacksprings Road and Kimberley Drive, Chirnside Park

New traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing will also be installed at Edward Road and Switchback Road at a total cost of $530,000. This project is also funded by the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery funding ($500,000) with contributions from developers and Council.

The tender is about to be awarded in the coming weeks and works will begin in late March or early April. The works are expected to be completed by 30 June.

Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith said the federal funding would provide safer roads and intersections.

“We all want safer and better local roads,” Mr Smith said.

“These much needed safety upgrades, at two very busy intersections in Chirnside Park, are funded through the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.

“Council will also undertake road projects in other areas throughout this year.”

Chirnside Ward Cr Richard Higgins said both pedestrians and drivers would benefit from the improvements.

“These are both long-awaited projects which will reduce time for residents waiting in traffic and encourage people to drive safely, while keeping pedestrians safe and giving them  confidence when crossing these busy roads,” Cr Higgins said.

“In peak times it is difficult to turn out of Blacksprings Road to turn right into Kimberley Drive due to the volume of traffic.

“As part of the traffic signals there will also be a pedestrian crossing which we have been advocating for on behalf of the community.”

The community should expect traffic delays during the construction. A traffic management plan is underway to ensure delays will be minimised, with alternative routes available.


Cr Richard Higgins with Federal Member for Casey at corner of Edward and Switchback Roads, Chirnside Park


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4 comment(s) so far...

Both these corners are problems, so really good news to hear that they both will be going ahead soon. Was even put off buying property in there as Black Springs road so bad to exit from.

Lyn K | 13 February 2019 01:31 PM | Report to moderator

Roundabouts at both would be far more efficient, effective and keep traffic moving

Barry | 14 February 2019 07:30 PM | Report to moderator

Hi Barry, Thanks for your query. Building a roundabout doesn’t always take safety of pedestrians into account. They often cost more as they involve acquiring land and there isn’t always the space for them to go ahead. Signalised pedestrian crossings at both locations was considered to be safer and more efficient at both of these locations. Hope this helps!! Have a lovely day. Thanks, Anna

Anna Chisholm | 22 February 2019 02:45 PM | Report to moderator

When will Council act on the concerns raised by Vista Drive residents about the ever-increasing through traffic bypassing Lilydale through our street?Painting parking lanes on the street did nothing to reduce the hundreds upon hundreds of vehicles that transit Vista Drive every day to avoid the choked traffic of the highway.Vista Drive was never intended as a Lilydale bypass when it was built but as the population of Yarra Glen and Coldstream grows and the choking of Lilydale gets worse what does Council expect will happen?

AndrewM | 27 February 2019 03:24 PM | Report to moderator

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