Traffic delays hit Leongatha CBD

TRAFFIC became a real headache for cars heading in to Leongatha last Wednesday, October 19.

Major asphalting works were being undertaken at the crucial intersection of Anderson Street, Leongatha and the corner of Roughead Street.

The work was necessary however people said it was a bit of a bolt out of the blue and not enough notice was given according to some.

While works had been previously advertised in the Star for the Ogilvy Street/Long Street/Koonwarra Road intersection; no such public notice appeared in The Star last week to advertise the proposed delays.

Traders report a much disrupted day as cars backed up along Bair Street, McCartin Street, Roughead Street, and the South Gippsland Highway.

Whilst the works at Ogilvy Street recently were done on a weekend, this time the asphalting was done during a normal trading day, seriously disrupting through traffic and possibly having an impact on business in town.

Daniel Pearce of Fowlers Asphalting said the works were necessary and that seven traffic controllers were on duty that day to make the flow as smooth as possible.

“We had about 20 crew working to ensure it was done as quickly as possible. There was always going to be disruption and we were trying to keep it minimal,” he said.

Roads were a lot better on Thursday as Fowlers continued work but with less hold-ups and ensuring the Barry Sheen Tribute Ride had a clear path through town.

One Star facebook reader commented “why did the works not happen at night.”

But Mr Pearce said the type of asphalt used meant the road temperature had to be a minimum amount and it would be just too cold overnight for it to be affective.

Ruth Beeby commented on Facebook “Try working on Long Street where we can no longer turn right to get out of the car park. Dealing several times per day with the debacle at the end of Long Street is already wearing thin. It used to take less than 10 minutes to drive to the post office and return – last week it took 15 to get there and then another 15 to get back-awful. I just hope things improve.”

A number of readers have said it was totally unnecessary to have the “no right turn” out of A’Beckett and Jeffery Streets into Long Street as there would be no problem entering this road.

Brett Kneale told the Star on Facebook “ The shire has stuffed the town !!! There is no where to park a car and trailer or a car and caravan in the and around the main streets and if they go ahead and change Bair street car parking it will make it even worse.”

Other Star Facebook comments:

Faye Harris:  “the overhead bridge traffic lights are a joke! Why no turning green/red arrow?

Donna Lancaster: “It would have been nice to know there were delays in the centre of town so we could avoid it- coming in from Inverloch to get to the swimming pool for lessons, I didn’t see any notification signs and got stuck there. Apparently we were not the only ones late for swim lessons. If I had known I would have gone a different way and avoided the delays. I don’t live in town so hadn’t heard of the delays till I got stuck in there.

Carrie Charles Bruce: After getting stuck in road works, I purposely parked on a side street and easily walked to McCartin Street. It was just a bit further out of my way to avoid road works congestion. But I was happily still able to buy local easy

Graeme Heath I may suggest their traffic management plan was not acceptable for today’s road work activity.

Hard at it: Fowler’s Asphalting was hard at it trying to finish asphalting works which created the inevitable headaches in Leongatha last week. Some said not enough indication was given delays would be so extensive.

Hard at it: Fowler’s Asphalting was hard at it trying to finish asphalting works which created the inevitable headaches in Leongatha last week. Some said not enough indication was given delays would be so extensive.

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