Footpath upgrade: Pound Road, Warrandyte

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As part of our 2023/24 Capital Works Program, we’re upgrading the footpath and the intersection of Pound Road and Heidelberg Warrandyte Road. These projects aim to improve safety and accessibility.

Footpath upgrade

The footpath upgrade will be delivered in two stages.

Stage one: The stage will upgrade the footpath from Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road to Naughton Avenue on the west side of Pound Road. See large map.

Stage two: This stage will include the footpath from Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road to Diane Court. We're working on the design for this section and will share it with the community before we proceed with construction.

When will the works happen?

Stage one
Following community consultation in late 2023, construction for stage one will begin on 8 April and be completed by the end of May, subject to weather conditions. Find out more.

Stage two
We're still working on the design for the second stage. Once it's complete, we'll share the final design with the community before proceeding with project construction.

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Why is it needed?

The current informal (dirt) footpath on Pound Road isn’t accessible to everyone – including those with prams or wheelchairs. The community has expressed concerns about the safety of the path, including parents who feel uneasy about their children's safety, particularly at narrow sections of the road.

The proposed footpath design has been carefully considered and aims to blend the path with the surrounding environment as much as possible. Following community feedback, we've proposed that around 70 percent of the footpath be made of gravel and crushed rock. We will only construct the footpath using concrete with asphalt topping in sections at higher risk of erosion or washing onto the road.

When planning footpath construction or upgrades, we are guided by the Manningham Green Wedge Infrastructure Design Guide. The guide ensures that footpath designs are sensitive, site-responsive, and visually compatible with the environment.

This approach ensures we respect the surrounding environment while delivering our commitment to connect the community to local services and facilities through safe, accessible, all-weather footpaths that everyone can use.


Intersection upgrade

Following several safety incidents and concerns raised during our footpath consultation, we’re upgrading the left-turn slip lane at the Pound Road and Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road intersection.

These works will improve safety by better alerting drivers of the need to give way and reducing speed through the intersection.

The proposed works include:

  • Removing the existing eastbound left turn slip lane and high entry angle island on Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road.
  • Constructing a new eastbound short left turn lane on Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road
  • Relocating the Pound Road splitter island towards the east, with pavement widening towards the east, to accommodate the new treatments and slightly improve the squaring up of the intersection.

We are finalising the design and will update you on procurement and construction as we progress. Construction will likely begin in the first half of 2024.


Questions?

Ask a question or provide feedback on this footpath online.

Alternatively, you can contact us on 9840 9333 or at manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au

Subscribe to this project below to receive updates directly to your inbox.


As part of our 2023/24 Capital Works Program, we’re upgrading the footpath and the intersection of Pound Road and Heidelberg Warrandyte Road. These projects aim to improve safety and accessibility.

Footpath upgrade

The footpath upgrade will be delivered in two stages.

Stage one: The stage will upgrade the footpath from Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road to Naughton Avenue on the west side of Pound Road. See large map.

Stage two: This stage will include the footpath from Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road to Diane Court. We're working on the design for this section and will share it with the community before we proceed with construction.

When will the works happen?

Stage one
Following community consultation in late 2023, construction for stage one will begin on 8 April and be completed by the end of May, subject to weather conditions. Find out more.

Stage two
We're still working on the design for the second stage. Once it's complete, we'll share the final design with the community before proceeding with project construction.

Subscribe to this project below to receive updates directly to your inbox.

Why is it needed?

The current informal (dirt) footpath on Pound Road isn’t accessible to everyone – including those with prams or wheelchairs. The community has expressed concerns about the safety of the path, including parents who feel uneasy about their children's safety, particularly at narrow sections of the road.

The proposed footpath design has been carefully considered and aims to blend the path with the surrounding environment as much as possible. Following community feedback, we've proposed that around 70 percent of the footpath be made of gravel and crushed rock. We will only construct the footpath using concrete with asphalt topping in sections at higher risk of erosion or washing onto the road.

When planning footpath construction or upgrades, we are guided by the Manningham Green Wedge Infrastructure Design Guide. The guide ensures that footpath designs are sensitive, site-responsive, and visually compatible with the environment.

This approach ensures we respect the surrounding environment while delivering our commitment to connect the community to local services and facilities through safe, accessible, all-weather footpaths that everyone can use.


Intersection upgrade

Following several safety incidents and concerns raised during our footpath consultation, we’re upgrading the left-turn slip lane at the Pound Road and Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road intersection.

These works will improve safety by better alerting drivers of the need to give way and reducing speed through the intersection.

The proposed works include:

  • Removing the existing eastbound left turn slip lane and high entry angle island on Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road.
  • Constructing a new eastbound short left turn lane on Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road
  • Relocating the Pound Road splitter island towards the east, with pavement widening towards the east, to accommodate the new treatments and slightly improve the squaring up of the intersection.

We are finalising the design and will update you on procurement and construction as we progress. Construction will likely begin in the first half of 2024.


Questions?

Ask a question or provide feedback on this footpath online.

Alternatively, you can contact us on 9840 9333 or at manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au

Subscribe to this project below to receive updates directly to your inbox.


  • Stage one footpath works commencing in April

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    We’re preparing to begin the works to upgrade the footpath on Pound Road, between Diane Court and Warrandyte State Park.

    Construction will begin on 8 April 2024, and we expect to complete the works by the end of May, subject to weather conditions.

    Works will occur between 7.00am and 5.00pm on weekdays. There will be construction noise, disruptions to street parking, and temporary disruptions to driveway access.

    Our contractor will contact residents directly to provide one day's notice before any restrictions impact their property. Emergency service vehicles will always have access to all properties.

    This project aims to enhance pedestrian safety and connectivity in your area.

    If you have any questions about these disruptions or the works schedule, please contact our contractor, Troy McDermott at 0410 525 041.


  • Pound Road intersection upgrade

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    Following several safety incidents and concerns raised during our footpath consultation, we’re upgrading the left-turn slip lane at the Pound Road and Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road intersection.

    These works will improve safety by better alerting drivers of the need to give way and reducing speed through the intersection.

    The proposed works include:

    • Removing the existing eastbound left turn slip lane and high entry angle island on Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road.
    • Constructing a new eastbound short left turn lane on Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road
    • Relocating the Pound Road splitter island towards the east, with pavement widening towards the east, to accommodate the new treatments and slightly improve the squaring up of the intersection.

    We are finalising the design and will update you on procurement and construction as we progress. Construction will likely begin in the first half of 2024.

    If you have any questions about the intersection upgrade, contact us

    Website: yoursay.manningham.vic.gov.au/pound-road-footpath-upgrade

    Email: manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au

    Phone: 03 9840 9333

  • Consultation summary - December 2023

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    1. Protection of the environment
      We discussed the benefits of designated paths, which prevent people from trampling on vegetation to create new paths. When designing new paths, we do our best to navigate existing vegetation and trees.
    2. Material types
      Many attendees expressed their preference for softer path surfaces in these suburbs. We strive to balance this preference with our responsibility to provide safe, accessible and environmentally friendly infrastructure. For example, gravel and crushed rock are not suitable for paths with steeper slopes as the surface will erode over time, often causing environmental and safety issues. Residents can read the Green Wedge Guide to see how we select materials that best work with the natural environment.
    3. Project drivers and rationale
      We received several questions about how our projects were chosen.
      Many of our footpath projects are derived from community requests and feedback. Although we have strategies in place, such as the Manningham Bicycle Strategy, hearing from the community at consultations like this one is critical in helping us shape and prioritise our projects.


    Here's some more information about the project-specific discussions we had.

    Pound Road, Warrandyte

    Why are we doing this?
    This project responds to community requests for a safe and accessible path down the road, allowing pedestrians and people with prams or wheelchairs to actively travel around the area.

    After considering your feedback, we will now deliver this upgrade in two stages. The first stage will be from Diane court to the Warrandyte State Park, likely beginning in March 2024. For the second stage, from Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road to Diane Court, we will share the final design with the community once it is complete, before proceeding with the project construction.

    Why use solid materials (concrete/asphalt)?
    You told us you’d like us to minimise hard surfaces. So, around 70 per cent of this footpath will be made of gravel and crushed rock. We will only construct the footpath using asphalt in sections at higher risk of erosion or washing onto the road. Also following your feedback, we’ll trial stone kerbs for sections along the roadside to better blend with the natural environment.

    How will you protect trees and the environment in this area?

    A designated footpath prevents people from treading on grasses, shrubs and trees to create a path.


    Taroona Avenue (section four of the Main Yarra Trail), Warrandyte

    Why are we doing this?

    The project was initiated by community requests for a safe and accessible path that will allow pedestrians and cyclists to use the less busy road. This section will also complete the Main Yarra Trail.

    Why solid materials (concrete/asphalt)?

    As this area receives high foot traffic, a solid surface will provide a more durable, low-maintenance solution. However, in response to your feedback, we have reduced the path size from the proposed shared path, down to a footpath.

    What kerb type will be used?

    You asked us to use materials that better blend with the environment. So, this project will trial a section of stone kerb.


    Main Yarra Trail extension (Pound Road to Taroona Avenue), Warrandyte

    Why are we doing this?

    This is connection of the Main Yarra Trail will provide a link for active commuters from Melbourne’s CBD to Warrandyte. A shared path will be safer allowing for recreational cyclists to ride without interacting with main road traffic.

    Why along Heidelburg-Warrandyte Road?

    We have explored various alternate routes, but the chosen path on the south side of the main road was the best option due to the terrain and non-straightforward connection (diverting down smaller residential streets).

    What about guardrail/fencing?

    In response to feedback about guardrails and fencing, we’ll discuss this further with the Department of Transport and Planning, as they are responsible for arterial roads such as Heidelburg-Warrandyte Road. A road safety assessment will be completed as part of the design process to ensure that all safety elements are considered in the design.


    Yarra Road, Wonga Park

    Why are we doing this?

    The footpaths on Yarra Road and Dudley Road will complete the existing footpath network, connecting the shops and sporting facilities to and from Jumping Creek Road to Homestead Road.

    Why solid materials (concrete/asphalt)?

    As this area receives high foot traffic, a solid surface will provide a more durable, low-maintenance solution.


    Dudley Road, Wonga Park

    Why are we doing this?

    The footpaths on Yarra Road and Dudley Road will complete the existing footpath network, connecting the shops and sporting facilities to and from Jumping Creek Road to Homestead Road.

    Why solid materials (concrete/asphalt)?

    As this area receives high foot traffic, a solid surface will provide a more durable, low-maintenance solution.

  • Upcoming public consultation sessions

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    We’re holding two public consultation sessions for the upcoming footpath upgrades in Warrandyte and Wonga Park.


    Warrandyte Community Hall
    Wednesday, 29 November, 4.00pm to 8.00pm

    Wonga Park Hall
    Tuesday, 5 December, 4.00pm to 8.00pm


    Drop in at either session to find out more, ask us questions and provide your feedback on the following projects:


    Can't make it to a session?

    Ask a question or provide your feedback online.

    You can also contact us on 9840 9333 or at manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au.

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