From: Major Road Projects Victoria
Date: 23 May 2022 at 5:21:36 pm AEST
To: Russell Mowat – Calder Action Group
Subject: Calder Park Drive Interchange – Community Feedback
We’re planning potential improvements to the Calder Freeway transport corridor, including investigating a new Calder Park Drive Interchange to improve access on and off the Calder Freeway. I’m touching base to provide an update.
MRPV undertook community engagement between 26 November to 14 December 2021 to inform planning for the potential interchange.
We were really pleased with the outcomes of this engagement. More than 500 surveys were completed, and 32 pieces of feedback provided on our interactive map. Additionally, there were 3382 views of the Engage Victoria web page and 186,803 people reached by our social media advertising.
We will shortly send communications to the local community highlighting what we heard.
Feedback provided important local insights, including community views on access, efficiency, safety, environmental values and what’s important in your local area.
Feedback received included:
- 96% of respondents support the potential interchange
- 88% of respondents said that they would use the potential interchange
- Nearly 75% of respondents use the Calder Freeway daily, or weekly (24%) with 91% typically travelling southbound and 73% travelling northbound
- safety (87%), traffic flow (77%) and congestion (65%) are the top three concerns of respondents regarding the existing arrangements
- respondents typically experience delays when travelling on the Calder Freeway during the morning peak 7am to 9am (77%) and evening peak 5pm to 6pm (67%), as well as in the mid-afternoon 2pm to 5pm (48%).
- 36% of respondents walk and cycle through the area with 51% of those only doing so occasionally.
- 76% of respondents would like to see replanting of trees and shrubs along the roadside
- 53% of respondents want attention given to minimising noise and minimising vegetation removal (31%)
- many respondents would like to see additional lanes added to Calder Park Drive to increase capacity and for speed limits to be increased
- many respondents would like better walking or cycling connections in the area, especially to Organ Pipes National Park. Many commented that improved lighting was also needed for shared paths.
Feedback is being used to inform our planning and shape the development of design options.
A Business Case is currently being developed and is anticipated to be finalised later this year. Timelines and milestones will be determined through this planning work.
We will continue to provide you with updates and information as planning progresses. However, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like to discuss.
Paige Ricci – Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
Major Road Projects Victoria
Major Road Projects Victoria
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