Update – October 2022
The Victorian Government is investing $7.8 million to improve safety and accessibility for tourists and locals at Kilcunda.
Early works are anticipated to commence in 2023. Construction works are expected to be complete by early 2025.
We’ll keep the community updated as this project progresses.
Kilcunda is a seaside town located along the Bass Highway, 117 kilometres south east of Melbourne. It is a popular location for tourists during the peak holiday periods, with the population and road users increasing significantly during these times.
Within the next 20 years, the average daily traffic volume on the Bass Highway between Anderson and Inverloch is expected to exceed 19,000 and congestion will become a critical issue along the highway.
Improvements from west of Kilcunda Ridge Road to Ridgeway Road were identified as a priority by the community during an extensive engagement process undertaken in late 2017 and early 2018 to identify road improvement opportunities along the Bass Highway between Anderson and Leongatha.
Key issues identified include:
- A lack of crossing opportunities along the Bass Highway, increasing the safety risk for vulnerable road users.
- The service lane and associated parking facilities present a hazard to highway traffic.
Based on this feedback and our own investigations, RRV presented a preliminary concept design to the community in July 2019. After receiving further community feedback, RRV made changes to the concept design, increasing the number of car parks available.
The upgrades will include:
- Pedestrian operated traffic lights opposite Kilcunda General Store to improve pedestrian safety and access to and from the Bass Coast Rail Trail and main retail area in Kilcunda
- Increased car parking
- Dedicated right-turn lane into Kilcunda Ridge Road, Peppermint Road, and Service Road to improve safety and access for road users
- Dedicated left and right-turn lanes into the caravan park/holiday retreat entrance and Carew Street to improve safety and access for tourists
- Improved Service Road arrangement
- New concrete footpath connecting the proposed pedestrian operated traffic signals facility with the Bass Coast Rail Trail
- Pedestrian refuge on Bass Highway at Bass Coast Rail Trail crossing point
- New bus stop facilities each side of Bass Highway
- New streetlighting to improve pedestrian safety and visibility for both pedestrians and road users
- New pedestrian fencing near the new pedestrian operated traffic signals and bus stop
- Painted median/separation of opposing traffic from west of Kilcunda Ridge Road to west of Ridgeway Road, to reduce the risk of crashes.
The key benefits include:
- Improved pedestrian access and safety crossing Bass Highway
- Improved traffic flow through Kilcunda
- Increased car parking
- Improved access to and from Bass Highway
- Increased business and tourism attractiveness
- Improved access to public transport services.
What happens next?
We will keep the community informed of updates as we progress this project.
These works are taking place to improve efficiency and safety along one of the state’s key corridors.
We acknowledge that many parts of the state are responding to emergency flooding and in some instances assessing and repairing damaged infrastructure. Additional resources and crews are working through that response thanks to the Victorian Government’s $165 million Emergency Repair Fund.
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