Rise in Heavy Vehicle Traffic and Crashes Confirms Need For Heavy Vehicle Bypass
Friday, 3 July, 2020 - 09:00
With significant increases in heavy vehicle traffic and motor vehicle crashes, Mansfield Shire Council is proceeding to develop a Heavy Vehicle Bypass for the town.
At last week’s Council meeting a recent review of the initial report which called for a Bypass (2010) cited data that shows crashes have increased by 250% in last 5 years. There were 15 crashes over the routes used by heavy vehicles, though not involving heavy vehicles.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said that data also showed an almost doubling of trucks on the Maroondah Highway and a more than doubling of trucks on Midland Highway which meant that the assumptions of the initial report were still valid.
“When there is so much heavy traffic heading through town, there’s more risk in the interactions with light vehicles and pedestrians. The Bypass helps minimise that risk and reduces traffic impact,” Cr Attley said.
Understanding these movements and projections for the future, also inform the Mansfield Planning Scheme and Council is this year reviewing its Planning Strategy.
Council has two federal grants available to support the Bypass project, valued at $1.952million.
“Council would have to make a contribution to these grants but as a first step, we need to confirm that the funding timelines can be adjusted to meet our timelines,” Cr Attley said.
“Once this is confirmed, we can move to detailed planning for 2020 – 21.
Cr Attley said in recent years Council had upgraded bridges and roads that are part of the Bypass route.
“We’ve done work on Deadhorse Lane, Greenvale Lane and Withers Lane. These are all sizable projects for a small Council like ours and contribute gradually toward the works that are involved in a full Bypass.”