One of Torquay’s most dangerous intersections will be fixed with a two-lane roundabout built at the notorious intersection of the Surf Coast Highway and South Beach Road.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney visited the site today to announce $2.5
million upgrade to make the intersection safer and easier for people to move around the community.
The upgrade will also include new designated bicycle lanes to make cyclists safer,
a new road surface and line marking, and new street lighting that will improve visibility for drivers.
Of the five crashes at the intersection over the past five years, three resulted in serious injury, and one fatality.
Most crashes involved people turning right into or from the Surf Coast Highway.
The Andrews Labor Government has also been working closely with Surf Coast Shire
Council, who will contribute $800,000 towards the project.
The Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP) is funded by the Transport
Accident Commission (TAC), while VicRoads develops and delivers the projects.
Planning work, including community consultation, will start later this year, with the
project due for completion in 2018.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney:
“Torquay is a busy community, and safety at this intersection has been an ongoing concern for residents and visitors for some time now.”
“It is the Andrews Labor Government that is fixing this dangerous intersection – to improve the safety of both cyclists, and motorists.”
“The roundabout will slow traffic approaching the intersection, and allow drivers more time to make decisions.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is pleased to support the Surf Coast Shire in its application for funding and I congratulate them on the work they have done so far on this project.”