Thursday, April 25, 2024

Torquay town centre set for makeover

A series of pedestrian and traffic improvement works are being planned for Torquay town centre in Victoria.

Surf Coast Shire Council says the works will make it safer and easier for people to access, walk and cycle around town, through a series of pedestrian treatments, speed control and intersection improvements.

The works, which are planned to begin next year after the busy Easter period and be completed by June 2022, include:

  • A mini roundabout at the intersection of Pearl Street and Bristol Road;
  • Raised pedestrian crossings on Boston Road and Bristol Road (both near Payne Street);
  • Speed humps on Anderson Street and Boston Road (both near Surf Coast Highway);
  • A raised intersection on the corner of Payne and Anderson Streets.

Council used crash pattern analysis and community feedback to determine key locations for the road treatments.

Surf Coast Shire Councillor, Liz Pattison said the works aimed to improve traffic flow and create a safer system for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

“We want Torquay’s town centre to be a place that everyone can easily access by foot, bike, car, pram, wheelchair, etc,” said Cr Pattison.

“The works will encourage active transport, which has significant health and environmental benefits and plays a big part in easing traffic congestion and freeing up parking spaces,” she said.

“The works will complement the recently completed pedestrian crossings on Gilbert Street, Pearl Street and Bristol Road, and parking upgrades on Zeally Bay Road and Fischer Street.”

View a map showing the planned works.

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