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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 currently undertaking 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 that improves road safety and accessibility of the reservoir.
• Planning approval requirements for construction including a review of cultural heritage and vegetation impacts.
• Recommendations for associated infrastructure to support improvements to address driver behaviour and traffic safety.
• Development of a community engagement plan in response to the recommended improvements.

Where are we now

We have engaged O’Brien Traffic as a consultant to undertake the traffic & parking analysis at the Expedition Pass reservoir.

A draft parking and traffic analysis report has been completed, this includes concept plans and proposals, on both a short-term and long term basis.

Major stakeholder consultation has commenced.

What happens next

Broader community consultation will commence in December, when peak use of the Reservoir is expected. Furthermore additional traffic data will also be collected. All this additional data will then be collated and synthesised to inform the concept plans. Final plans will then be drafted and circulated with the community prior to completion of the project.

Project manager

Nalinda Gunawardana – Project Engineer
Email: n.gunawardana@mountalexander.vic.gov.au Phone: 03 5471 1765

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