MORE than $1.5 million will be spent over the next five months on making Main Street, Mornington, safer.
The state government’s safer cyclists and pedestrians fund is paying for the program which follows 29 accidents in the area between 2012 and 2016 – with 11 involving pedestrians and four involving cyclists. Ten of the crashes were regarded as serious.
The Mornington activity centre and foreshore area is a hub for business, retail, tourism and education. Mornington Peninsula Shire says that along with VicRoads it will aim to improve the area to “help pedestrians move around safely and address the crash history”.
The works include raised pedestrian crossings and two refuge islands.
The shire says community feedback indicated “overwhelming support” for the safety improvements as well as speed-limit changes.
Downer EDI Works, of Hastings, will carry out the works which will start this month and take about five months to complete.