From the Executive Summary:
In 2011 the State Government committed $200,000 for a study of congestion on Point Nepean Road to be completed by mid 2013.
The objectives of the study were as follows:
- To review the current traffic and safety issues along Point Nepean Road during the peak holiday period and at other times of the year.
- To provide an opportunity for the community to have its say both online and by speaking to VicRoads officers visiting the area in the busy holiday period.
- To collect traffic data to ensure conditions on Point Nepean Road during the busy holiday period are understood.
- To look at options to improve the flow of traffic and safety of the road network.
- To develop a strategic plan for addressing major road congestion on the southern Mornington Peninsula and improving safety on Point Nepean Road.
VicRoads has now completed the study of the operational performance of the road network on the southern Mornington Peninsula. In particular, it has investigated the incidence of congestion on Point
Nepean Road beyond the terminal of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway in Rosebud.
The study proposes a strategy for the future development of the road network. This identifies short term measures to improve traffic flow and safety, and addresses the future need for an inland arterialroad to relieve congestion on Point Nepean Road.
As a result of this study, VicRoads has adopted the following strategic directions for the road network on the southern Mornington Peninsula:
- The intersection at Truemans Road be widened to remove a localised capacity constraint on Point Nepean Road and improve safety for cyclists.
- A proposal be developed to address safety and congestion issues on Jetty Road at the current terminal of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway.
- Any future increase in east-west capacity in the road network be provided by a new inland arterial road.
- Consideration be given to the reclassification of Point Nepean Road when any new inland arterial road is constructed.
- A new road in the existing reservation between Boneo Road and Melbourne Road be considered as the preferred option for any future inland arterial road.
- More detailed flora and fauna surveys and an investigation of design options be undertaken as part of a future planning process to seek environmental approvals for any new inland arterial road.
- The existing arterial road extension of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway between Jetty Road and Boneo Road be ultimately upgraded to freeway standard.