WORK to improve the busy Ontario Avenue medical precinct is about to get under way, with major safety initiatives planned.
The planned works are among a $3million suite of projects announced last year, which includes $2.1million funded by Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and the Victorian Government through the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP).
A roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Thirteenth Street and Ontario Avenue, while five pedestrian crossings will be established at key points in the medical precinct.
Time-based 40km/h speed zones will also be introduced on both Ontario Avenue and Thirteenth Street.
Mildura Councillor for Infrastructure and Transport, Greg Brown, said ongoing development around the Ontario Avenue medical precinct in recent years had made the Ontario Avenue and Thirteenth Street intersection “increasingly busy.”
“While it’s been great to see the increase in medical services in this busy precinct, it’s brought with it an increase in traffic volumes and pedestrian activity,” he said.
The proposed works will be carried out in a staged process. The initial stage of works have started with an extension of Thirteenth Street to provide 41 additional parking spaces and access to a planned future car park.
Temporary traffic management, and a detour plan, have been implemented, and traffic in the immediate vicinity is limited to 40km/h during the works.
While road closures will be kept to a minimum, there will be several unavoidable temporary closures, which Mildura Rural City Council says will be advertised ahead of time.
This initial component of the project is expected to be completed by mid-October ahead of the start of work on the roundabout and other measures in coming weeks.
The entire suite of road safety upgrades in the Ontario Avenue medical precinct is expected to be completed by February 2020.