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Monday, 20 February 2017

SAFETY UPGRADES FOR BUSY INTERSECTION NEAR MAIDEN GULLY

The Andrews Labor Government will fix a busy intersection near Maiden Gully by installing new traffic lights, boosting safety and reducing congestion for local residents.  

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards visited the intersection of Edwards Road and the Calder Highway today where the new lights will be in operation from Wednesday.

The $750,000 upgrade will significantly improve safety and traffic flow at this busy intersection, which has seen more vehicles using it as the area’s population grows.

New line marking and new kerbing will also be installed, as well as a new pedestrian crossing across the Calder Highway to improve safety for students living in the nearby Robin Hill Estate.

The intersection has been the scene of a number of accidents over the last couple of years involving traffic making turns to and from Edwards Road, particularly during peak periods.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience whilst construction has been underway and for advocating for this important safety upgrade in our community”

“I would also like to thank the developer, Damien Tangey (Birchgrove Property) for his cooperation with the project,” Ms Edwards said.

During the end of 2015, VicRoads introduced a number of safety measures to address a spike in accidents near the intersection. This included lowering the speed limit from 90km/h to 80km/h and improving the road markings. 

The upgrade is part of the Labor Government’s plan to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety at hotspots around Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“We’ve listened to the local community and a new set of traffic lights and pedestrian crossing will benefit local drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.” 

“We’re getting on with upgrading this congested intersection to ensure people in the Maiden Gully area spend less time stuck in traffic, and more time at home with their families.”

 

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