Lance Creek road pain
THE Lance Creek intersection is still causing distress for local motorists.
Residents called for a roundabout to be constructed following several car accidents and near misses at the intersection. Many were thrilled when Bass Coast Shire Council and VicRoads announced a $3.4 million roundabout would be built last year.
Construction began in February, but the slowness of the temporary traffic lights – set on all four sides of the intersection – has caused more near misses.
“The roundabout is certainly taking shape – which we are grateful for – but the slowness of the operation is a concern,” Glen Alvie resident Elwyn Matthews said.
“Some people choose to take no notice of these traffic lights. Two of the roads are only single lane at the moment, so if a car is coming in the other direction there’s nowhere to go.
“The problem is the lights are situated so far back, it’s difficult to see if someone has chosen to do the wrong thing. One local said they saw a car go right through the intersection and, when they realised what was happening, shouted all sorts of abuse. We just need people to take care and be patient.”
Mr Matthews said he didn’t know the intricacies of the project, but the lights are expected to be in place for several months. Mr Matthews believed motorists would be more likely to obey the road rules if the lights transitioned quicker.
“Other than impatient drivers, we are absolutely thrilled with this project; it’s great for the community,” he said.
VicRoad’s manager operations Henry Lam said the new roundabout will reduce the severity of crashes by forcing motorists to slow down and give way properly before proceeding.
“Over a recent five year period there have been four serious crashes at this intersection by vehicles failing to give way,” he said.
“The Lance Creek intersection had previously received several safety treatments prior to the construction of the roundabout including upgraded signage, removal of vegetation, ‘stop ahead’ road markings and some audio tactile line markings.
“The project is being delivered by VicRoads under the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP) which is funded by the Transport Accident Commission and is on track to be completed by mid to late this year
“Each of the four approaches (Korumburra Wonthaggi Road, Glen Alvie Road, West Creek Road and Lance Creek (Bird) Road) to the new roundabout will be signalised while construction is carried out and we ask motorists to plan their journeys and obey reduced speed limits in the area.”
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