IMPROVEMENTS to some of Phillip Island’s most troublesome intersections were detailed at well-attended VicRoads community consultation sessions held over the past fortnight.
More than 150 Phillip Island residents and business operators attended the drop-in sessions to inspect draft plans for three key sections along Phillip Island Road.
The draft plans remain available for viewing at the Bass Coast Shire Council, Cowes Library and Customer Service Centre, with community feedback being accepted until the end of October.
Armed with this valuable local knowledge, the VicRoads team will then continue working to refine the plans.
Draft options for three key areas along Phillip Island Road at Back Beach Road, Woolamai Beach Road and Boys Home Road were presented to the community.
The designs seek to address ease of access onto Phillip Island Road, safety and traffic flow during peak tourist times.
VicRoads regional director, Scott Lawrence, said the next step will involve preparing plans that include detailed drawings of footpaths, parking and other features that the Phillip Island community has highlighted as important to their safety and liveability.
“Unanimous support was expressed for the need to address Back Beach Road and Woolamai Beach Road intersections and we received some excellent ideas for fine tuning the draft plans,” he said.
“We need to make it clear that this work relates to the Back Beach Road on Phillip Island, not San Remo.”
Four different approaches to treat Phillip Island Road between Boys Home Road and Forrest Avenue were also displayed.
Residents and business owners expressed a range of views and preferences on how the safety and capacity issues would be best addressed.
Issues raised for further consideration included the removal and replanting of vegetation, consideration of future developments in the vicinity and changes in traffic that would occur following the relocation of the school.
“We sincerely thank everyone who gave their time to meet with us. That kind of feedback is valuable because it positions our team to factor community knowledge into the next stage of planning.”
This planning work was instigated as a result of the Phillip Island Integrated Transport Study (PIITS) which highlights the community’s transport priorities and issues, including intersections on roads managed by VicRoads.
“We will continue to work in partnership with the Bass Coast Shire Council and Community Reference Group as planning progresses,” Mr Lawrence added.