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Motoring Punt Road Melbourne Gridlock 24-HOUR CLEARWAYS No homes demolished No change in speeds? Other Plans suggest bulldozing homes to clear Punt Rd gridlock Herald Sun October 19, 2015


24-HOUR CLEARWAYS
■ No homes demolished
■ No change in speeds



Plans suggest bulldozing homes to clear Punt Rd gridlock

October 19, 2015 9:46pm




Traffic congestion along Punt Rd. Picture: Andrew Tauber
BUILDING a bridge over the Yarra and off-ramps connecting Batman Avenue to CityLink is among seven ideas that have been suggested to the State Government to relieve gridlock on Punt Rd.
But four of the seven plans to clear the bottleneck would require the bulldozing of homes on Punt Rd’s east side.
Two would involve acquiring small parts of Fawkner Park for road improvements.
An independent report to be considered by VicRoads says some of the changes suggested could lead to 12 per cent faster car travel times.
The report, compiled by engineering consultants Ar-up, canvasses the options of reversible lanes, 24/7 clearways, a six-lane super-highway, and a four-lane road with a central right-turn lane.
It recommends removing cars from some tram tracks, banning right-hand turns in peak periods, creating new intersections, and building new bike and pedestrian paths.
There would also be improvements to Swan St, Chapel St, St Kilda Rd, Williams Rd, Toorak Rd, High St and Commercial Rd.
Four of seven plans to clear the bottleneck require houses to go.
Part-time tram lanes, similar to those in St Kilda Road, have been proposed for Commercial and Toorak Rds and High St.
The Batman Ave connection involves eastbound traffic turning right on a new bridge, adjacent to Morell Bridge, connecting to CityLink’s off-ramp for Punt Rd.
Changes to CityLink would include a new outbound off-ramp connecting Batman Ave to Punt Rd via a new intersection at Kelso St.
The report said that during major events this would cut traffic volumes around AAMI Park, Rod Laver Arena, Swan St, the MCG, Brunton Ave and Punt Rd.
The report did not recommend a central fifth lane for Punt Rd with reversible traffic directions (similar to Johnston St in Collingwood and Queens Rd) because it would require the acquisition of 35 homes and still not deliver the results that would be needed.
A redesign of the Alexandra Ave and Punt Rd intersection would involve a dedicated right-turn lane.
An intersection-widening proposal would add a lane in each direction, and a new Hoddle St Bridge, next to the existing one, would be built with six lanes, including a new double right-turn lane at Toorak Rd.
Another concept involves that new bridge with a bus lane in each direction, cars having four lanes.
The report said 24-hour clearways, on their own, do little to cut congestion, but recommends having them to work in conjunction with each suggested concept.
It says that without improvements, intersections would become considerably more congested by 2031.
Roads Minister Luke Donnellan’s spokesman said: “The Government knows that Punt Rd has challenges we need to deal with and we’re considering all options that will provide relief for motorists.”
The Government is considering whether VicRoads should retain an overlay allowing it to acquire over 140 properties on Punt Rd.
The government agrees Punt Rd improvement is needed.
SEVEN KEYS FOR OPENING GRIDLOCK
24-HOUR CLEARWAYS
■ No homes demolished
■ No change in speeds
CENTRAL RIGHT
TURN LANE
■ Land acquisition of Fawkner Park abutting Toorak Rd, and Yarra River
■ Speeds improve by 10km/h
NARROW CENTRAL MEDIAN
■ Land acquisition of Fawkner Park abutting Toorak Rd, some parkland near river and CityLink
■ Speeds improve by 4km/h in AM peak, 5km/h in PM peak and 12km/h at midday
REVERSIBLE LANES
■ 35 homes demolished north of Toorak Rd and land acquisition of Fawkner Park
WIDENED INTERSECTIONS
■ 65 homes demolished.
■ Speeds improve by 4km/h in AM and PM peaks and 10km/h at midday
SIX-LANE DUAL CARRIAGEWAY
■ 130 homes demolished and acquisition of Fawkner Park.
■ Speeds improve by 4km/h in AM peak, 5km/h in PM peak and 10km/h at midday
BUS LANES
■ 130 homes demolished and acquisition of Fawkner Park.
■ Speeds improve by 4km/h in AM peak, 3km/h in PM peak and 9km/h at midday




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