The design intent for this part of the Bruce Highway project was to present a visually robust and interesting landscape treatment to the proposed Bruce Highway upgrade and Traveston interchange that is reflective of its focal status along the corridor, which both enhances the user experience of the road and highlights the natural & cultural character of the local area. This will be achieved by implementing the following principles and strategies design principles:
- The considered use of native “formal” feature planting to the Traveston interchange, to reflect the scale and detail of the proposed road and bridge structure
- The selection, location and detail of all proposed landscape planting to the corridor, in accordance with prescribed road safety requirements, to ensure the long term success of the treatment and reduce levels of maintenance
- The use of massed native shrub species in median areas to reduce headlight glare and dense endemic planting to road verges, in keeping with sightline guidelines and frangible zone setbacks, to provide visual buffer and habitat opportunity, reflective of the adjacent vegetative character.
- The use of planting to strategically screen intrusive infrastructure elements and visually frame or otherwise highlight positive landscape connections (ie. open view sheds to the west)
- The installation a more dense and formalised planting layout (inc. advanced avenue trees) to the approach of the proposed bridge and interchange cross over zone, in order to provide visual structure and legibility to the highway
- The careful planning and blending of transition zones between differing landscape character treatments to ensure the overall visual cohesion of the corridor.