Bypass far from safe


COMMUNITY worries about the safety of the new heavy vehicle route in Leongatha will be put to VicRoads.

South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento told a motorist council would raise his concerns with the roads authority, in the wake of collisions and near misses along the route, particularly at the intersection of Anderson, McCartin and Roughead streets.

The motorist, Noel Grayden of Dumbalk, said vehicles turning at the intersection face delays, resulting in up to 10 vehicles at a time banking up at the intersection of Anderson and McCartin streets.

That is not the only intersection affected, however.

“I have seen the traffic banked up through the Bair Street to McCartin Street roundabout, all the way up to the Peart Street-McCartin Street roundabout,” Mr Grayden wrote in a letter to councillors and council CEO Tim Tamlin.

“Then this stops the traffic that is coming out of Bair Street into the roundabout, that is trying to do a right hand turn or go down Michael Place.”

Mr Grayden said traffic coming from up Roughead Street to the McCartin Street roundabout is often delayed by traffic at the roundabout, resulting in traffic banked up over the old railway line down Roughead Street.

Vehicles attempting to turn right off Roughead Street onto Long Street must give-way to oncoming traffic. Mr Grayden has witnessed two B-double trucks with four cars behind trying to turn right, resulting in highway traffic from Anderson Street being delayed.

“The bypass is now the new highway so there should be a stop sign on Roughead Street to let the highway traffic flow off Anderson Street down Roughead Street, right up Long Street,” Mr Grayden said.

“Too bad if a B-double wanted to do a right hand turn out of Long Street, down Roughead Street. There’s not much room to turn safely and it has to be clear of traffic before they can do so.”

Mr Grayden said many vehicles avoid the intersections, resulting in nearby streets being busier.

He believed the bypass should have followed Hughes Street, with traffic lights at Roughead Street, then continuing on to Long Street to Koonwarra.

He also proposed a heavy vehicle bypass from Leongatha’s south to Koonwarra via Young Street and to Korumburra via Brown Street.

“VicRoads spent $5.12 million on this so-called bypass which is a highway, not a bypass. The traffic doesn’t flow like it should which makes it unsafe,” he said.

Mr Grayden said the route lacked a sign on the Korumburra side advising motorists of the approaching bypass of the main street.

Poor design: Noel Grayden of Dumbalk believes VicRoads has made a mess of the heavy vehicle route in Leongatha.

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