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Golden Point Road Parking and Traffic Analysis for Expedition Pass Reservoir

Expedition Pass Reservoir in Chewton

Expedition Pass Reservoir on Golden Point Road is a popular fresh water recreation site for residents and visitors to the region year round, but particularly during the warmer months.

Lack of parking at the site creates risks for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists accessing the reservoir. An analysis of existing car parking and traffic conditions will provide the documentation required to plan for crucial safety infrastructure.

Project summary

Mount Alexander Shire Council is focused on improving pedestrian and traffic safety throughout the shire.

As part of this, Council is about to commence an analysis of parking and traffic at Expedition Pass Reservoir on Golden Point Road. The reservoir is situated in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, which is managed by Parks Victoria.

Expedition Pass Reservoir attracts a high number of visitors and currently there is one small access point to the reservoir from the road. Given there is no formalised parking, there are safety concerns regarding pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles access.

This project is funded by the 2020 TAC Local Government Grant Program.

Project aim

The aims of this project include:
• Analysis and documentation of vehicle and pedestrian activity in vicinity of the reservoir.
• Analysis and documentation of parking habits along the roadside.
• Relationship building with regular reservoir users to promote messaging to increase pedestrian safety and driver road safety awareness.

Project outcomes

The project outcomes will include:
• Concept design for improved traffic management and parking to increase pedestrian safety, increase driver safety and awareness of pedestrian movements, and improve accessibility to the reservoir. This will be used to inform future phases of this project.
• Planning approval requirements for construction including a review of cultural heritage, Australian Heritage and vegetation impacts.
• Recommendations for associated infrastructure to support improvements to address driver behaviour and traffic safety.
• Development of a community engagement plan to respond to the recommended option.

Feedback

This project is in the planning and design phase. We welcome community feedback and input including:
• How you access the reservoir and what constraints exist.
• Where you think good parking could be located.
• Any other local considerations, constraints or opportunities associated with this project.

Please send your feedback to our Project Manager (details below) prior to Friday 26th March 2021.

Where are we now

We are working to secure the services of a qualified consultant to undertake the traffic analysis works.

Council has introduced a seasonal speed limit along a one kilometre stretch of Golden Point Road near Expedition Pass Reservoir, which will be in place from December until April each year.

The speed limit has been reduced from 80km/hr to 40km/hr to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists over the warmer months.

What happens next

We will review the community feedback received on this project. This feedback will be considered in the analysis and concept designs.

Project manager

Kerrie Eldridge – Project Engineer
Email: k.eldridge@mountalexander.vic.gov.au Phone: 03 5471 1756

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