OverPassSketchThe approved Leongatha bypass route has not been well received. One suggestion is for an overpass to be constructed from Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) to the railway land.

THE response to the approved plan for Leongatha’s $5.12 million bypass route, since it was announced last week, has been anything but enthusiastic.
Many locals, who responded to a post on the Sentinel-Times’ Facebook page, claimed the design of the bypass would simply move the traffic jam further down Roughead Street while creating traffic hazards elsewhere.
Here’s what a few people had to say:
• Karyn Aldridge: It’s crazy! There will definitely need to be traffic lights installed at the lower end of Long Street! Cars and trucks travelling from Roughead Street towards McCartin Street always travel at a fast pace especially to get into the single lane after the double lanes end, not far before the Long intersection. There will still be heavy truck flow into our main street (McCartin St) from this direction too. Murray Goulburn tankers, livestock transport and delivery trucks coming from Strzelecki Hwy and Latrobe Valley will still need to travel through McCartin Street if they are enroute to Inverloch/Wonthaggi etc. I also assume that traffic travelling out from Bennett Lane will be “left turning” only as it looks like there has been a traffic island added to the centre of road in the Vicroads’ map which would mean that we are now directing a majority of buses travelling toward Yarram way through Bair Street.
A nearby resident, Ms Aldridge is also concerned that she won’t be able to turn right into her own driveway.
“For a project that has taken many, many years to be resolved and finalised it makes me laugh when I have to say it has not been very well thought out. As Raelene states “it’s just moving the congestion to another spot!”
• Jenny Goss: As an effected resident I have taken much notice of the planning. I agree it is moving the traffic jam around the corner and if one end of Long Street needs to be controlled by lights, surely the other end also needs it, they are both currently difficult and dangerous intersections and will just get worse. And don’t even get me started on the ‘left in-left out’ only for all households on Long Street.
• Gerard Murphy: The two intersections shown above look like they will be accident hotspots in the future! Leongatha smash repairs look like they are going to be ideally located to take advantage!
• Raeleen Clymo: It’s not a bypass. It still goes through town. Just moving the congestion to another spot.
• Sean Taylor: This design just seems to move the traffic jam from the Anderson Street intersection to the Long Street intersection. The whole concept is wrong, traffic should be directed down Hughes Street near Subway and a roundabout at Long Street.
• Lisa Burge: How is the traffic giving way at Long Street going to improve flow? All I can see is even more congestion and a heap more accidents not to mention how it merges with Koonwarra Road at the doctors’ clinic and newly built Salvos.
Lisa even included a sketch of how an overpass from Anderson Street, through the railway yards, could eliminate all the traffic problems.
Daniel Poletti agrees: The perfect place would have been along the railway line before they put that snail trail in!
Others had more serious concerns.
• Dale Thomas: I work in Hughes Street, should I look for a new job now because with those intersections and limited access to Hughes Street, the business I work for will be severely restricted. Why not use common sense and just run them along the old train line and reduce costs and impact for everyone?
• David Norton: Dumb as! The traffic should have crossed the railway on the other side of the comfort station, onto Hughes Street and then straight into Long Street so as to remove the right angle turns. After they have finished this project, we will still have two right angle turns, what is the benefit of that?
Unfortunately, it is now the approved bypass design and work will commence on the project later this year. Like all government decisions, it’s a compromise that appears to have come up short in many problem areas, according to our respondents.