Why are we doing this?
This project provides increased safety and walkability for pedestrians across the intersection resulting in reduced vehicle speed and upgraded footpaths. The project promotes healthy lifestyle choices by prioritising safe pedestrian travel. This aligns with our focus on reducing barriers to crossing at key intersections, prioritising pedestrian access and delivering safety improvements.
Raingardens help clean stormwater by trapping litter and filtering pollutants before they enter our drains, and eventually the bay. By removing unnecessary asphalt surfaces and replacing them with landscaped space, the project also supports other Council objectives including greening and cooling the City.
In December 2019, Council sent letters to owners and occupiers of adjacent properties informing them of the project proposal.
There are no major changes or impact to parking at the intersection.
Temporary intersection closures and traffic restrictions will be in place when required during the construction period.
LRCI-funded projects aim to deliver infrastructure and public space changes that will help us improve safety, access and amenity throughout our City.
In addition to providing increased safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, the project replaces old asphalt surfaces with landscaped green areas at the Beaconsfield and Nimmo St intersection. Our community will benefit from these changes through:
- improved and shorter pedestrian crossing distances
- providing a bike link and access and improved visibility of the intersection due to narrowing of the roadway
- installation of Water Sensitive Urban Design Treatment (rain gardens).
Construction was scheduled to commence in October. The start date was moved to mid-November 2021 due to delays arising from the Victorian Government construction shutdown. The project is still on track to be completed by the end of 2021.