Orrong Road Safety

 

We were asked to investigate potential options for the upgrading of Orrong Road to an expressway standard.  Implementation of the short to medium term works proposed for Orrong Road, which were the subject of a community engagement process completed in December 2010, is dependent on the outcome of this investigation.  A Stage One Feasibility Study into the expressway options was completed at the end of last year and is currently being considered by Government.

 

Background

We have completed a project to review Orrong Road from Great Eastern Highway to Roe Highway, with short to medium term safety improvement options being identified within the current four lane environment.

At different times we have been approached by the City of Belmont, City of Canning and Town of Victoria Park - and asked to consider safety improvement options at a number of different intersections along Orrong Road.  A Project Management Group was established with representatives from these Local Government Authorities (LGAs), Main Roads and the Department for Planning.

The Group agreed it would assess Orrong Road as one link rather than a number of individual intersections, taking into account the impacts of one intersection treatment on another and how these changes would affect the surrounding road network.

To achieve this, the Project Management Group undertook a community consultation to engage a wide range of community members who contributed to the process and helped inform the Group of the issues the community was facing.

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Community Engagement

The Project Management Group (PMG) sought community involvement in the project by sending out a newsletter and advertising in the local newspapers throughout January 2010.

The process involved:

  • receiving applications from residents to join a Community Reference Group (CRG);
  • receiving information from other local residents who didn't want to nominate for the CRG but wanted to raise certain issues - This information was collated for further analysis and included for consideration at the CRG workshops.
  • formation of the CRG with representation from community members in the Belmont, Canning and Victoria Park councils, along with technical staff from Local Government, the Department of Planning and Main Roads, as well as councilors from each of the councils.

 

The role of the Community Reference Group (CRG)

Members were asked to consider issues raised in all three local government road network areas, and understand and consider the issues affecting stakeholders in each community.

Interested community members (not part of the CRG) were also given the opportunity to raise their issues and help to identify other local traffic concerns. More than 70 comments about various intersections were received.

These issues were tabled at the first CRG meeting along with concerns raised by CRG members. Traffic modeling was then undertaken along the route to investigate the issues raised and at the second meeting, the rationale behind why some treatments could or couldn't be considered were presented taking into account the results from the modeling. The CRG were then presented with final solutions at a third meeting. Meetings were held in February, May and June 2010.

The CRG provided valuable input into:

  • an issues database (all three local Government authority transport network issues); and
  • the development of effective treatment options.

The solutions are now being presented to the wider community and have been supported by the Project Management Group and Local Government Authorities.

 

Community feedback

The CRG spent considerable time understanding the concerns along Orrong Road. We would like to sincerely thank those community members and other organisations who contributed their time to developing the solutions.

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About the project

Why was the work needed?

The review aimed to assess current crash patterns and local network access issues.  Using micro simulation technology, current traffic patterns as well as the impact of any proposed changes were analysed. These included:

  • changes to traffic signals timing;
  • introduction of new traffic signals; and
  • other changes to intersection treatments at specific locations along Orrong Road.

Orrong Road was examined as one link instead of a number of individual intersections, as this method would take into account:

  • the impacts of one treatment on another at different locations along Orrong Road; and
  • the collective impact these would have on the surrounding road network.

 

Does this mean Orrong Road will have six lanes?

This project is not looking at the long term plan for six lanes. It's focus is to look at short to medium term safety improvement options along Orrong Road. However, these short to medium term changes are expected to be consistent with the six lane proposal. The Department of Planning is currently reviewing the ultimate six lane proposal, including long term access and land use strategies.

 

Proposed solutions

A number of solutions have been considered for the link. The attached Project Update newsletter provides an overview of a number of the suggested solutions along with the expected outcomes to these solutions.  

 

Next steps​

Now that the solution for each intersection has been developed, works to progress the project include:

  • Commencement of conceptual design work;
  • Determining what funding can be sourced to introduce the solutions;
  • Implementation of the solutions; and
  • Ongoing monitoring of the road network to determine effectiveness of the solutions.


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Modified: 14 Jul 2017