Roundabout for killer intersection

Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Luke Donnellan announced improvements to a deadly intersection on Wednesday. Picture: Paul Jeffers
Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Luke Donnellan announced improvements to a deadly intersection on Wednesday. Picture: Paul Jeffers

A ROUNDABOUT will be installed at a notorious intersection near Birregurra to boost safety and save lives.

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

Three crashes at the intersection during the Christmas holiday period resulted in one death and several others were seriously injured.

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

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

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 spokesman for Mr Donnellan said a roundabout “will lower the speed of vehicles (and) reduce the risk of cross-traffic and rear-end crashes”.

Several short-term safety improvements are already in place at the intersection, including a reduced speed limit and improved sight lines. Two electronic “prepare to stop” signs will also be installed by June.

Work is expected to begin on the roundabout towards the end of the year and take about six months to complete.