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A “DANGEROUS” section of the Bellarine Rail Trail will undergo a $1 million revamp under plans before the Borough of Queenscliffe.
The council will vote tonight on a plan to create a shared pathway along the Bellarine Rail Trail at Murray Rd, which is the only section where pedestrians and cyclists have to walk or ride on the road.
“Not only is this dangerous for families wanting to walk or ride along the rail trail, it causes issues for local residents trying to travel along the road, and for services, like rubbish collection,” a council report said.
“Officers have investigated ways to resolve this problem by separating pedestrians and bicycles from vehicle traffic, creating a safer transport network for everyone.”
The council produced three options for the road including a separated boardwalk, converting Murray Rd to a one-way road and widening Murray Rd.
If the council approves the plan a boardwalk will be installed along the Bellarine Highway to Ward Rd and a one way path from Ward Rd to Fellows Rd.
“The Borough of Queenscliffe has received feedback from multiple residents about the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers travelling on Murray Rd,” council spokesman Connor Parker said.
“This feedback has sometimes included reports of dangerous driving, and suggestions for how to improve the road to make it safer for all users.
“Keeping our community safe means taking action before an accident occurs. With children and families frequently using Murray Road as part of the rail trail, we’ve decided to respond to these concerns by planning an upgrade to separate bikes and pedestrians from traffic.”
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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