Lance Creek wins roundabout at last

THE Lance Creek community is thrilled to have received confirmation of a new roundabout at a dangerous intersection.

The State Government confirmed it would install a roundabout at the intersection of Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Glen Alvie Road, West Creek Road and Lance Creek Road in early 2017.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Glen Alvie farmer Peter Kershaw said.

“It’s great news for the community. It’s just a shame it took so many accidents to get this solution happening.”

Residents in the area put their foot down in October 2014, after long time Korrine residents were involved in a serious accident that took them months to recover from.

More than 200 people gathered at the intersection days later to protest against the dangerous intersection, and several members of the community worked closely with Bass Coast Shire Council and VicRoads to ensure their efforts would not go to waste.

Eastern Victorian Region MLC Harriet Shing announced $3.4 million would be used to fund the construction of a single lane roundabout as part of a number of safety upgrades for the dangerous intersection.

“The government has listened to the community and is making this dangerous intersection safer,” she said.

“The Lance Creek community called for changes to this intersection following the most recent crash and this roundabout upgrade will improve the safety of these roads considerably.

“The new roundabout and the safety improvements will reduce the number and severity of crashes by ensuring motorists slow down and give way before entering the intersection.”

Mr Kershaw – who was involved in an accident at the intersection with his son Jake in 2012 – said he and many other families who have experienced accidents and near misses on the stretch of road will feel safer knowing drivers travelling between Lance Creek and West Creek will soon be forced to stop.

“It’s not just for the residents either. Travellers who may not know the road as well will be safer when the roundabout is constructed,” he said.

As part of the upgrade, the speed limit will be reduced to 80km/h, and rumble strips and new street lighting will be installed.

The new roundabout and the safety improvements will reduce the number and severity of crashed by forcing motorists to slow down and give way before proceedings.

Over a five year period, four serious crashed occurred at this intersection, all caused by vehicles failing to give way.

The Lance Creek intersection received several interim safety improvements over the past year, including upgraded signs, removal of vegetation, stop ahead road markings and additional rumble strips.

The project will be delivered by VicRoads as part of the Safe System Road Infrastructure program, funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to support projects across Victoria that achieve specific and immediate safety benefits.

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