Last night Manningham Council adopted the Jumping Creek Road Design Proposal. The design proposal outlines how the Jumping Creek Road upgrade project will be constructed.
The proposal successfully balances the priorities of safe road usage and the need to preserve the unique visual amenity of the local area that Jumping Creek Road is located within.
The $17.9 million Jumping Creek Road upgrade project is a major project to reconstruct the full length of Jumping Creek Road from Ringwood-Warrandyte Road in Warrandyte to Homestead Road in Wonga Park.
The Jumping Creek Road Development Framework was endorsed by Council in 2016 after serious safety risks were identified on the stretch of road. A study conducted at the time identified that between January 2009 and December 2013, a total of 17 crashes resulting in casualties were reported at Jumping Creek Road, including one fatal crash. It was also identified that Jumping Creek Road is an important local link road that carries more than 8,100 vehicles per day, with the traffic volume expected to double to 15,000 vehicles per day by 2035.
In 2013 a Community Reference Panel was established to consult on the project with members of the community, Ward Councillors and project officers providing invaluable input on the road upgrade plan.
Manningham Mayor, Cr Michelle Kleinert said that the endorsement of the design proposal signifies the start of the next chapter for this project.
“We know how passionate our community are about the safety of its members and preserving the beautiful natural environment we all enjoy. This concept plan has done a wonderful job of considering these two key elements.” Cr Kleinert said.
“With a lot of constructive input from our community we know this upgrade will add value to the everyday lives of those who use Jumping Creek Road.”
The concept plan is designed to improve safety for all users, including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Jumping Creek Road’s original construction standard has resulted in limited locations for pedestrians to safely walk along the road.
With over eleven years of community engagement on this project, the final design reflects the views of the community which have been considered at each step of the process.
Works on the Jumping Creek Road upgrade project is expected to begin in early 2023, with an early works package commencing in late 2022.
For more information about the project visit yoursay.manningham.vic.gov.au/jumping-creek-road-upgrade