Walking in and around our neighbourhoods is one of the best markers of a healthy and vibrant community.
Banyule’s Walking Strategy and Integrated Transport Plan, outlines Council’s commitment to improving pedestrian connectivity and safety as part of its overarching objective to promote healthy activity and sustainable modes of travel.
To ensure we continue providing safer pedestrian walking links between Eaglemont, Heidelberg and Ivanhoe, we have received funding as part of this year’s Capital Works Program for the installation of safe pedestrian infrastructure along the Odenwald Road bridge, between Alandale Road and Studley Road, Eaglemont.
Odenwald bridge was built in the 1800’s and does not have a separated footpath for pedestrians. It is also quite narrow for a two-way bridge and vehicles approach Odenwald Bridge in both directions at speeds of up to 50km/hr.
To provide safe pedestrian access across the bridge, we are considering two options :
- A pedestrian footpath across the bridge.
- Reduction from two traffic lanes to a single lane (vehicles wait to cross controlled by give way linemarking and signs).
- An extended speed hump on the approach from Studley road with a pedestrian refuge island, connecting foothpath and kerb ramps.
- If this option is supported, a 6 month trial installation will be run to determine any significant impact to traffic flow. The community will be notified of the results of the trial and any changes to the plans required through Shaping Banyule.
- A shared pedestrian and vehicle zone, retaining existing two-lane traffic.
- An extended speed hump on the approach from Studley Road with a pedestrian refuge island, connecting footpath and kerb ramps.
- Installation of an additional three speed humps, a footpath section, kerb ramps and advisory low speed limit signage.
- There will be no trial run as part of this proposal.
There are some traffic and pedestrian design elements that are common to both options as set out in the design concept plans.
Note that the installation of the some of this infrastructure is subject to State Government approvals and may include applications to VicTrack (land and bridge owner), Metro Trains (MTM) and VicRoads as required.
Street lighting will also be considered as part of both proposals.