Build the Mornington Peninsula Freeway Extension (Mordialloc Bypass)
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SIGN and SHARE this petition if you want the Mornington Peninsula Freeway extended, to get heavy traffic off our suburban streets and local arterials in Mordialloc, Aspendale Gardens, Waterways, Edithvale, Chelsea Heights and Patterson Lakes!
"Traffic through Aspendale Gardens and Mordialloc is a shocker!" said a recent Melbourne radio report.
It's true! Traffic congestion is regularly listed as the number one issue for residents living in the marginal sandbelt electorates of South-East Melbourne. Residents from Mordialloc down to Patterson Lakes are worst off, due to the volumes of traffic choking their suburban streets during peak hour.
The problem is exacerbated by the growing population of working commuters from the Mornington Peninsula travelling to and from Melbourne. At the northern end of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, huge volumes of traffic are forced down suburban streets, turning them into rat-races. Everyone suffers, commuters and residents alike.
Residents have been asking for the freeway extension of the northern end of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway for years. Grade-separation of the intersections at Springvale Road, Bowen Parkway, Centre Dandenong and Lower Dandenong Roads will move traffic efficiently without stops and starts. This removes a number of RACV Redspots, solving many problems with one link.
The freeway extension should have provisions for the construction of bike paths, landscaping, and additional wetland habitats to enhance the existing man-made waterways it passes nearby. The land reserve for the northern extension of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway has been in place since 1969. It is a dotted line on the maps, and is recognised by VicRoads as a key future link for Melbourne's South East.
Consideration should be given to the construction of a 3rd lane on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway south of Springvale Road in conjunction to the execution of the Northern Mornington Peninsula Freeway Extension.
Resident groups and associations have joined forces to advocate for the solution the community are seeking, including:
- Carrum and Patterson Lakes Forum
- Aspendale Gardens Residents Association
- Seaford Community Committee
- Frankston Business Network
- Build the Mordialloc Bypass Group
"This overdue investment will ease congestion on our local roads and improve accessibility to regional economic centres. It will cater to the growing needs of motorists travelling from the outer suburbs and Mornington Peninsula" said Cameron Howe of Carrum and Patterson Lakes Forum.
"When the freeway extension is built, it must be done right and not compromised. The hard part is getting a commitment to get started. Any plan would need to be mindful of those people who now live adjacent to the road reserve and ensure they were not adversely impacted. Whilst it is true that simply building more roads will not solve all of Melbourne's congestion problems, and that public transport and a planned bike network are also vitally important, we cannot ignore the need to make the road network as efficient as possible" said Cr Geoff Gledhill.
"The freeway extension will benefit our residents for generations to come. It's time we realise the vision of efficient traffic flow to and from the Mornington Peninsula. It also means we can extend the wetland environment, add cycle paths, and get traffic off Wells Rd and White Street at the same time" said Cr Tamsin Bearsley, Mayor of City of Kingston.
For the sake of local residents and Mornington Peninsula commuters, now is the time for the Northern Mornington Peninsula Freeway Extension to be budgeted, planned and built.
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