Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Residents can have their say on a proposal to close Masons Road in Mernda to through traffic to reduce the safety risk to motorists and local residents.
Council voted at its 7 May meeting to consult on a plan to close the road.
Mayor Lawrie Cox said Masons Road had become a popular rat-run for residents wanting to bypass Bridge Inn Road with up to 850 cars using it each day.
“Masons road was originally built as a gravel road to provide local farm access to the residents in the area.
“The road was never designed to take the level of traffic that it now does and as a result the quality has deteriorated,” he said.
Residents of Masons Road have been lobbying the Council to take action to address safety and dust concerns.
Council has been grading the unmade section of the road more frequently and police have increased patrols.
Cr Cox said a longer-term plan was needed.
“We have explored a variety of options for the road including constructing the road to the standard required for the level of traffic, which would cost up to $12 million,” he said.
“Council will advocate to the State and Federal Government for funds to construct the road.
“Another option is to pass the cost of the construction on to property owners abutting the road through a special charge scheme, however this would be cost prohibitive for residents and wouldn’t solve the issue of the amount of traffic using the road.”
Closing the road to through traffic will significantly reduce traffic volumes, road safety risks and address dust and safety issues.
Cr Cox said police data showed many motorists were speeding, impacting on safety for local residents.
“We are aware of the broader traffic concerns in the area and have been working with the State Government to secure funding for upgrades of Bridge Inn, Epping and Plenty Roads,” he said.
The State Government has committed to duplicate Bridge Inn Road from Yan Yean to Plenty Roads and Council is lobbying to extend works to Wellington Street.
Residents can have their say on the proposed road closure, including where the road would be closed, until 14 June. Find out more on the Have Your Say page or by calling 9217 2170.