Update - August 2021
Preliminary work to prepare for the new safer intersection will begin in October 2021. Power lines will be moved underground by Powercor to make room for the new roundabout. Once the power is underground the redundant power poles at Hamilton Street, Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road will be removed. Powercor will notify you directly if you are impacted by temporary power outages during works.
Telecommunication cables and water services in front of the bowls club will also be relocated nearby. No major disruption to properties is expected as part of this component of works, however notice will be provided if minor disruptions are required.
The works to relocate these various services will occur at different times from October to January 2022. Most works will occur away from the road and there will be minimal disruptions to traffic. Traffic management will be in place at times and pedestrians may be directed to use a different route.
Please be aware of the changed conditions and continue to drive, walk and ride carefully around the intersection.
Design of the new intersection is still underway, and construction of the roundabout is expected to commence early 2022.
We are pleased to release artist impressions showing how the new intersection could look once it is completed.
The Victorian Government is investing $12.5 million to improve safety, capacity and traffic flow at this intersection.
Melbourne Road is a main connection from Gisborne to the Calder Freeway and onto Melbourne. The intersection is a major entry point to Gisborne from the growing north-east communities of Riddells Creek, Monegeetta, Romsey and Lancefield.
The intersection is located on a bend and has poor visibility making it difficult for traffic to enter and exit Kilmore Road safely. In addition, it lacks connections for pedestrians and cyclists and can be difficult to navigate for drivers unfamiliar with the area.
Upgrades to this intersection will:
- Improve safety and connectivity for all motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and freight drivers
- Enable better traffic flow
- Improve visibility
- Provide better street lighting.
Your feedback about the issues you have experienced has helped our engineers develop a concept that best meets the needs of the community and all road users. The concept has also been influenced by several assessments, independent advice and feedback including:
- Independent arborist assessment
- Bunjil Creek historical due diligence report
- Geotechnical review
- Safe System Assessment
- Community, local government and stakeholder engagement
- Advice from utility organisations
- Cultural Heritage Management Plan developed in partnership with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
1. Roundabout design
You told us that safety, traffic flow and accessibility are three key topics at this intersection.
- Safety: A roundabout naturally slows traffic down and minimises conflict points which improves safety for motorists.
- Traffic flow: this design ensures regular flow of traffic and will support traffic travelling in any direction. Traffic signals can sometimes stop traffic unnecessarily during off-peak times and the roundabout will allow continuous flow throughout the day.
- Accessibility: Melbourne Road, Kilmore Road and Hamilton Street will all have equitable access through the intersection. Many people raised concerns about turning in and out of Kilmore Road and this design will allow safer and easier movements in and out of Kilmore Road.
- The roundabout design also addresses concerns about speed, visibility and will improve the existing road alignment and geometry.
2. Active transport
- We’re improving options for pedestrians and cyclists by upgrading some existing footpaths to shared user paths. This will provide safer options for active transport around the intersection. Our paths will connect in with the existing network and future plans council has to create more walking and cycling paths.
- We’re exploring options to better connect pedestrians across Hamilton Street in addition to these shared paths. We’ll let you know what we come up with after further investigations.
- You told us that the local environment is very important. We’ve worked to shift the roundabout to minimise the impact to nearby flora. Our concept will retain one large oak in the centre of the roundabout. This tree has been assessed as very healthy and we’ll work with council to ensure the tree can continue to grow and provide character for the town in years to come.
- During the development of the project we assessed 76 trees around the intersection. This assessment considered trees that have been planted as part of the original streetscape as well as trees that have self-sown in Bunjil Creek.
- Our concept retains a large oak to feature in the centre of the roundabout. Two significant elm trees will need to be removed to allow for the intersection upgrade. Both trees have been assessed by the arborist as being in fair health and poor structure.
- The trees that grow along and within Bunjil Creek are all self-sown or suckers and were not part of the original plantings. We’ll be removing some of these self-sown trees to allow for the intersection upgrade and improve the creek’s sustainability.
- We’re also working with council to develop a landscaping plan for the area around the intersection. Some early planting may be possible to minimise the long-term impact to nearby flora and maintain the ‘village feel.
4. Bunjil Creek bridge
- While we’ve worked to minimise the amount of space needed for the intersection upgrade, the bridge will have to be widened to provide enough space for traffic lanes and shared user paths.
- We’re exploring options for the bridge design and our investigations will take into consideration the heritage assessment, road building standards, project funding, environmental impact and effect of road closures during construction on the community.
5. Town entrance/gateway
- You told us that exploring a town entrance/gateway design is important for your town. With the roundabout design, we’re retaining the large oak tree as a feature within the roundabout. Our engineers are working with arborists to ensure the health of the tree. They’re also ensuring that the tree will not cause any safety issues by adjusting the layout of the roundabout to allow safe visibility.
- We’re also working with council to develop a landscaping plan. When we are closer to the detailed design, we’ll contact those of you who expressed an interest in the landscaping and/or town entrance design to discuss options.
How a roundabout works
We asked you to share your experiences on the intersection of Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road via our online survey from 15 August to 29 September 2019.
We also held a drop-in session on 19 September 2019 at the Gisborne Community Hall.
Learn more about Gisborne area projects.
Get in touch
If you’d like more information or have any questions please get in touch
Write: Regional Roads Victoria, 53-61 Lansell Street, East Bendigo VIC 3550