A high-risk intersection near Birregurra will soon be a lot safer for drivers with major construction underway on a new roundabout thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the Labor Government was taking action to improve safety at the intersection of Birregurra-Forrest Road, Colac-Lorne Road and Deepdene Road following a number of crashes in recent years.
In the past five years there has been seven crashes at this site – three of which occurred over the 2017 Christmas holiday period. Tragically, one person has also lost their life.
The new roundabout will improve safety for drivers by helping to physically control and lower the speed of vehicles on approach to the intersection, while also reducing the risk of cross-traffic and rear-end crashes.
Significant earthworks on all approaches will also help to provide better sight distances, with more than 15,000 cubic metres of soil to be moved to help level the intersection.
The roundabout itself will be constructed in sections and a new asphalt surface will be laid to ensure the road pavement is strong and long-lasting.
New kerb and channel will be installed, as well as new lighting infrastructure, linemarking and signage.
Works will take place from Monday to Friday and are expected to be completed by mid-2020, weather permitting. Construction will pause from mid-December to mid-January to limit disruption over the busy holiday period.
To keep track of this vital intersection upgrade or to check out what other works are underway or planned in your area visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“We’ve listened to the community and have taken action to improve safety at this notorious intersection.”
“The new roundabout will help ensure drivers slow down and take care when travelling through this intersection, helping to reduce the risk of cross-traffic and rear-end crashes from occurring.”