Bass Highway intersection traffic signals and raised safety platform

We’re installing Wonthaggi’s first traffic lights to increase traffic flow, in a project jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments with Bass Coast Shire Council.

Project background

The Bass Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road intersection has been the cause of congestion and frustration for drivers as well as safety risks to pedestrians crossing the busy highway which has resulted in three people seriously injured in the past 10 years.

Long delays are causing drivers to take risks and cross into oncoming traffic, creating the potential for accidents.

About the project

What works will be done?

Traffic lights will be installed that feature extended right turn lanes along the Bass Highway to allow drivers more opportunities to turn right. Through lanes will be created along the Bass intersection safer by forcing motorists to slow down to 50km/h.

Why install a safety platform?

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) research indicates adding raised safety platforms at intersection signals on roads with 60km/h speeds or higher is potentially one of the most cost-effective options to reduce the number and severity of crashes.

How will traffic lights help?

Traffic lights at this location will provide improved traffic flow, particularly in peak periods. It will allow motorists to enter the intersection safely without the need to pull out into oncoming traffic.

It also provides pedestrian lights which will let people safely cross the Bass Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road.

Benefits

Traffic lights will allow for safer turning opportunities while the raised safety platform will force vehicles to slow down  upon entering the intersection.

Community involvement

Extensive consultation has been carried out with the community with support shown for improving this dangerous intersection.

What happens next?

VicRoads’ pre-construction works will include some tree removal and the relocation of services including water, power, NBN and Telstra.

People can expect to see tree removal beginning in early July, with service relocation to follow.

Works to install the traffic signals are anticipated to begin in early to mid 2018.

Contact us

Email  [email protected]

 

 

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