A section of a rural access road in Wollert will be permanently closed to through traffic, following a decision by Council at its meeting on 18 July.
Administrator Chris Eddy said the 1.6km section of Bindts Road between Harvest Home Road and Lehmanns Road which was a black spot for accidents had been temporarily closed since March 2021 due to the construction of the abutting residential estates.
“To boost the safety of road users in the area, Council has decided to permanently close this section of the road which is no longer required for access to any properties,” he said.
“There are much safer options for road users in the area with the completion of Saltlake Boulevard rather than using Bindts Road as a shortcut.“
“Bindts Road is a rural road and there have been a number of crashes in this section since 2014,” Mr Eddy said.
“To help reduce the risk of future accidents we want to ensure motorists travel on the best available road to safely get them to where they need to go.”
Community and stakeholder consultation undertaken in 2021 showed support for the road closure by surrounding residents, Victoria Police as well as utility and service providers.
The permanent closure of this section of road will take effect from 1 August 2022.
The land is intended to be revegetated in the short term. Longer term, this section of Bindts Road may be subsumed by the proposed E6 freeway road reservation.