MAJOR SAFETY UPGRADE FOR FOOTSCRAY INTERSECTION

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting safety at one of Footscray’s busiest intersections with new traffic lights, crossings, and more space for turning trucks at Moore and Hopkins Streets.

The $3.14 million upgrade is set to make the intersection safer and easier to navigate for all road users and will include the removal of a traffic island on the north east corner of the intersection, new stop lines and a reconfiguration of multiple pedestrian crossings.

Currently, pedestrians must wait for a signal to cross from the north-eastern corner of the intersection to the traffic island and then await another green light to Hopkins Street in the direction of the Footscray Station and the nearby market.

A realignment of lanes will create more space for large trucks to turn at the intersection, further improving safety for pedestrians and other road users.

New line marking, bollards, and new traffic lights will also be carried out as part of these works.

Engineers and safety experts are currently developing designs for the intersection upgrade, which will be shared with the community prior to works beginning in late 2022.

The project is funded by the $1.4 billion Safer Roads Program and follows interim works to deliver immediate safety improvements for pedestrians.

The interim safety measures included the installation of flexible bollards, yellow pavement treatment and new warning “watch for pedestrians” signs, improving awareness about the crossings on the north-eastern corner of the intersection.

These interim measures were delivered earlier this month.

Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall

“This upgrade will make one of Footscray’s most important and busy intersections significantly better and safer for road users and pedestrians.”

“We’ve listened to the community – it’s an important intersection for a wide range of people – from commuters to truck drivers and pedestrians walking to nearby Footscray Station and the market. 

“While it is being delivered, pedestrians can more safely cross at this intersection thanks to interim measures put into place in recent weeks.”