Brimbank City Council is calling on the Federal and State governments to improve the Calder Freeway and Calder Park Drive intersection as a top priority, because the interchange and parts of Calder Freeway are a serious safety risk for users.
Brimbank Mayor, Cr John Hedditch said Council is advocating strongly for safety improvements that will bring these sections of the Calder Freeway in Brimbank up to freeway standard.
“Council is calling on the Federal and State governments to fund two main works to improve safety and bring the Calder Freeway up to standard.
“The intersection at Calder Park Drive, and the Calder Highway section between Melton Highway and the Western Ring Road need to be fixed as soon as possible.
“The intersection of Calder Freeway and Calder Drive is serious safety issue. Any city bound driver who needs to join the Calder Freeway faces an appalling risk. It’s a route that requires movie stunt driving skills - as it needs drivers to make multiple manoeuvers including accelerating, looking for gaps in traffic, merging across to the right lane, undertaking a U turn and then accelerating to try to join a 100 km/h freeway. And city bound vehicles also cannot exit the Calder Freeway at Calder Park Drive at all.
“Anyone who’s sat in traffic on Calder Park Drive in the evening or queued up behind the regular boom gate closures at the level crossing knows that it is a painfully slow journey. And because the current exit on Calder Freeway at Calder Park Drive has an insufficient deceleration lane, slow moving traffic queues up back onto the Calder Freeway, which is a real safety issue.
“To improve safety, we need construction of a full diamond interchange at the intersection of the Calder Freeway and Calder Park Drive. This would also provide links from Melbourne into the neighbouring growth regions.
“The Calder Freeway between Melton Highway and the Western Ring Road also needs to be widened, to bring it to freeway standard, and the 100 km/h speed limit must be re-introduced.This would provide much needed additional lanes and an emergency stopping lane.
“As a member of the Calder Highway Improvement Committee, Council will be writing to Federal Government Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Darren Chester MP, and Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, the Hon. Luke Donnellan MP to request funding for these critically needed works.
Council is also writing to the Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, the Hon. Luke Donnellan MP, to request that funding is provided for the duplication of the Palmers Road Corridor.
“In the future Calder Park Drive will form the northern section of the Palmers Road Corridor.
“Council strongly supports the Palmers Road Corridor project as it would provide a much needed north-south transport link in the west connecting with east-west roads, including Melton Highway, Western Highway and Western freeway. The Palmers Road Corridor is expected to provide a high level of accessibility in these areas, and will help reduce the amount of traffic through our local streets and residential areas.
“The western suburbs have a rapidly expanding population and are experiencing a big growth in residential development and employment. This is putting great pressure on the existing road networks. It is essential that this growth is supported by suitable transport infrastructure, and we expect the Federal and State governments to put this in place,” Cr Hedditch declared.