Intersection works to begin

Detailed designs have been finalised for the installation new traffic lights at the intersection of Orton Street and Presidents Avenue in Ocean Grove.

The intersection almost claimed the life of 18-year-old motorcyclist Tyler Peace, who required multiple operations after colliding with a car in April 2018.

Following extensive consultation with the local community and stakeholders throughout the year, Regional Roads Victoria has developed plans for a suite of works to improve safety at the intersection.

New traffic lights will be installed to improve traffic flow and provide safer access for turning traffic while dedicated cycling lanes and improved footpath connections will boost safety for cyclists and pedestrians, the State Government said.

A new raised safety platform on Orton Street will also help to physically slow vehicles approaching the intersection from the east.

The street lighting will also be upgraded to improve night time visibility at the intersection and ‘keep clear’ zones will be installed outside nearby driveways.

At community sessions earlier this year, about 90 per cent of people who attended or provided feedback said they felt the current intersection was unsafe and reported seeing a high number of near misses.

Works are expected to begin after summer next year to limit disruption during the busy peak season.

“We’re taking action to boost safety for the thousands of people who rely on this intersection every day,” Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said.

“New traffic lights and a raft of other improvements will not only boost safety at this intersection but will also improve accessibility for all road users travelling in Ocean Grove.”

 

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