Background

The Balaclava Road / Verney Road / New Dookie Road / Hawdon Street intersection will be upgraded from a roundabout to a signalised intersection to reduce congestion and improve safety, particularly during peak demand periods.

Bus Interchange

As part of the preparation of construction drawings for the upgrade of the intersection, it became apparent that the operation of the existing Balaclava Road School Bus Interchange to the west of the intersection (between Bourchier Street and Verney Road) would result in significant issues during both the construction and operation of the upgraded signalised intersection.

It was found that the following bus movements will be significantly impacted upon:

  • Buses that need to re-enter Balaclava Road traffic and turn right at the intersection to travel south down along Hawdon Street; and
  • Buses that undertake a U-turn at the existing roundabout to travel west along Balaclava Road.

In light of the above, it was considered desirable to relocate the existing Balaclava Road School Bus Interchange before works commence on the upgrading of the intersection, to minimise any disruptions to the construction works and to the continued operation of the School Bus Interchange.

Investigation

Following an investigation, extensive consultation with stakeholders in late 2017 and 2018, and the announcement of the Shepparton Education Plan, it was concluded that a school bus interchange should be relocated on an interim basis to the eastern side of Hawdon Street adjacent to the future Greater Shepparton College (interim name) site. This interim solution would require six bus stops along the existing kerb, pedestrian fencing and five shelters, which are to be indented into the school property.

Council Resolution September 2018

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 18 September 2018, Council resolved to endorse the Interim Hawdon Street School Bus Interchange Concept Plan September 2018 and to note that a temporary school bus interchange will be provided on Hawdon Street to the front of Shepparton High School at 31-73 Hawdon Street.

Estimated Cost

The cost of the interim relocation of the Bus Interchange is estimated to be $250,000. A budget allocation for these projects is included in the 2018/2019 Council budget.

Intersection Works

Stages

  1. Bus interchange relocated from Balaclava Road to Hawdon Street with works to commence during January 2019 School Holidays.
  2. Relocation of Goulburn Valley Water water mains. This will include traffic diversions and possible road closures. Works will commence in January 2019 and construction is expected to continue throughout a five month period.
  3. Main intersection works to change the current roundabout into signaled traffic lights. This may be completed in two stages. Works will begin in April 2019 and are expected to last for nine months. This will include road closures and traffic diversions through the works.

Maps, Plans, and Traffic Study

Balaclava and Verney Road Intersection Upgrade - Concept Plan
Balaclava and Verney Road Intersection Upgrade - Concept Plan (click image to enlarge)
Balaclava and Verney Road Intersection Upgrade - Water Main Map
Balaclava and Verney Road Intersection Upgrade - Water Main Map (click image to enlarge)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the roundabout being upgraded?

In 2015, Council identified that significant traffic congestion was occurring at and around the existing roundabout intersection of Verney Road, New Dookie Road, Hawdon Street and Balaclava Road. The associated traffic study determined that the roundabout was already operating at capacity in the peak AM and PM periods and was not capable of catering for predicted future growth. The traffic study also identified a range of safety issues associated with the current roundabout in this location.

Why were traffic lights chosen?

A local area traffic study was commissioned by Council for which a report was prepared in April 2016. The only suitable intersection option identified by the report that would accommodate future projected traffic volumes and fit within available space was a signalised intersection with additional traffic lanes. The local area traffic study investigated existing traffic volumes and movements along the roads network within the local vicinity of existing Balaclava Road / Verney Road roundabout. It then determined what traffic treatments would be required to accommodate future traffic growth.

What work is being done?

  • Water Main Replacement
  • Service authorities asset relocations
  • Construction of signalised intersection
  • Road pavement construction with additional traffic lanes
  • Centre of Road traffic medians
  • Line Marking
  • Street Lighting
  • Landscaping

How long will the works take?

Construction is expected to start mid-January 2019 on the relocation of the water main. The main works will commence in March 2019, and are anticipated to take 12 months.

Will the intersection be closed during the upgrade?

It is proposed that during construction, one-way-traffic will still be able to use New Dookie, Hawdon, Verney and Balaclava Roads.

How will I access my home or work?

Access to your property will be maintained throughout the construction period, although on some occasions temporary closure may be required. If closure is required adequate notification will be provided to the land owners.

Can I park out the front of my business in New Dookie Road?

Council is currently investigating indented parking into nature strips along New Dookie Road.

What changes will be made to parking in the area?

Permanent long stay parking will no longer be available in sections of Hawdon Street, New Dookie, Balaclava or Verney Roads, however Council is investigating the possibility of implementing a “Clear Way” time parking restrictions during peak periods.

Can I park in Balaclava Road and drop my children to school?

There is no parking permitted along Balaclava Road from Verney Road to Clive Street on the southern side of the road. There is currently no parking on the northern side of Verney Road. Council is currently investigating alternative parking areas within the road reserve along Balaclava Road.

Will there be changes to traffic wanting to turn into any of the major roads near the intersection?

You will not be able to make a right hand turn from Glenn Street to New Dookie Road due to safety requirements, which include increased traffic lanes and a new center road traffic median. You will not be able to turn from Ash Street into New Dookie Road due to a new slip lane being constructed from Verney to New Dookie Road, as part of the signalised intersection upgrade.

Will any of my services, such as power, water and or waste collection be disrupted?

There will be limited disruptions to your services (water, gas, electricity, and telecommunications) during the construction. Service authorities will directly notify you of any disruptions. Your waste will continue to be collected as per usual.

Will there still be a school crossing on Verney Road?

Yes, the school crossing will move to the signalised intersection which provides a safer crossing location for children.

Will proposed works affect the current bicycle lanes?

Yes. There will no longer be any on-road bicycle lanes along Hawdon Street from Balaclava Road to Glenlyon Avenue, and Balaclava Road (south side) from Hawdon Street to Clive Street. Council is currently investigating alternative bicycles routes within this area.

If I have a question or concern, who do I contact?

For further information please contact Craig Exton, Manager Projects for Greater Shepparton City Council, on (03) 5832 9700.

Timelines

11 December 2018 Community information session
18 December 2018 Water main tender awarded at Council Meeting
January 2019 Bus Shelter relocation begins
January / February 2019 Works to commence on water main late January / early February, for 5 months
20 February 2019 First Council Meeting of the year. Tender for main works awarded.
March / April 2019 Major works commencing
March / April 2020 Works completed

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