Roundabout To Improve Safety At Birregurra Intersection

16 May 2018

The Andrews Labor Government will fix a notorious intersection near Birregurra to boost safety and save lives.

Visiting the site today, Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan announced $4.9 million to build a roundabout at the intersection of Birregurra-Forrest Road, Colac-Lorne Road and Deepdene Road.

There were three crashes at this intersection during the Christmas holiday period, where one person tragically lost their life and others were seriously injured.

Since then, VicRoads has been working to identify the best long-term solution to improve safety at this site and consult with the local community.

A roundabout is the best way to ensure the safety of drivers passing through the intersection.

Not only will a roundabout lower the speed of vehicles, it will also reduce the risk of cross-traffic and rear-end crashes.

Additional earthworks will also be completed at the site to improve sight lines to the intersection.

Several short-term safety improvements are already in place at the intersection, including a safer speed limit, vegetation clearing to improve sight distances and more visible road line-marking. Two electronic “prepare to stop” signs will also be installed by June.

VicRoads is now in the process of completing detailed designs for the roundabout.

The project is funded through the Transport Accident Commission and is being delivered by VicRoads as part of the Government’s Towards Zero Action Plan, which aims to ensure no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Road and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

“What we saw at this intersection over Christmas was tragic and our thoughts are with all those who have been affected.”

“We are fixing this notorious intersection – because one life lost on our roads is one too many.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney

“We’ve heard what the community has had to say about safety at this intersection – now we’re getting on with the job of making it safer.”

“A roundabout will slow traffic, improve sight lines and provide a safer intersection for people travelling on this important local connection.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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