Southern Arterial Corridor Investigation
Traffix Group was engaged by Mornington Peninsula Shire to investigate options to manage congestion within the Southern Peninsula area as a priority transport study. The investigation has been undertaken on the basis that further comprehensive transport planning will be needed to conclusively investigate the different options identified.
The investigation has identified and discussed the existing transport routes within the Southern Peninsula including existing traffic patterns incorporating both traffic volume and travel time information and shows how traffic patterns vary between the Point Nepean Road and inland routes and how traffic volumes peak during the summer period.
The initial high-level investigation of traffic congestion within the Southern Peninsula identifies that the existing Point Nepean Road corridor is operating at its existing capacity during the peak summer period which is limiting the ability for future residential growth and further economic development and limits the accessibility for residents and visitors and to safely evacuate the area in the event of an emergency.
It is noted that opportunities to address traffic congestion within the Southern Peninsula are fairly limited due to conflicts with pedestrian and cyclist activity along the existing Point Nepean Road corridor, the desire to protect the Tootgarook Wetland, the need to provide a route that is sufficiently direct to shift traffic away from Point Nepean Road and the reality that the area to the west of Dundas Street and to the north of the Tootgarook Wetland is almost fully developed.