AFFIRMATIVE action by South Gippsland transport operators to get VicRoads to put traffic lights at the Roughead Street end of the Long Street bypass in Leongatha have been favourably received.
But, the authority simply doesn’t have the money to do the work at this stage.
“We understand that VicRoads agrees with us that there are problems for trucks trying to turn right into Roughead Street, from Long Street and that lights would solve the problem but we’re concerned it’s going to take too long to get the money,” said Toora transport operator Stuart Storr.
“I imagine it has to get political from here to get the funding but we think it’s important before they complete the roadworks, for the lights to be installed,” he said.
Representatives of local transport firms met with VicRoads’ officials at the intersection recently where issue with the slope on the turn into Long Street (in front of Home Hardware) was also highlighted.
Mr Storr is concerned some truck drivers will simply avoid the bypass on certain routes, partially defeating the purpose of the project.
Level crossing to go
WORKS to remove the level railway crossing and improve the road surface on the Strzelecki Highway at Leongatha will start on September 19 as part of the Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route project.
Detours will be put in place with minimal traffic disruptions expected according to VicRoads Regional Director Scott Lawrence.
“Works should take a week to complete, weather permitting.
“The temporary removal of the crossing would improve the ride quality of the road and assist pedestrians.
“While the railway line remains unused, the level crossing removal will provide a number of benefits including minimising road maintenance costs, improving the connectivity between road and pedestrian networks and provide a smoother ride over the crossing.
“VicTrack will retain the right to reinstate the railway crossing, with the road design allowing for that should it be required in the future,” Mr Lawrence said.
“The upgrade of the crossing will also include a dedicated footpath link for pedestrians on the northern side.
“This continues the ongoing works for the construction of the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route which has been identified as a priority project for South Gippsland.”
During the rail crossing works, vehicles will need to detour through Long Street and Bair Street.
“We expect minimal disruptions and we ask motorists to respect workers and follow detour signage and road work speed limits during this time,” Mr Lawrence said.
“We thank the community and motorists for their patience and support as we deliver this important road infrastructure project.”
The overall project is currently ahead of schedule and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Updates regarding programmed works can be found on South Gippsland Shire Council’s website at http://www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/homepage/137/leongatha_heavy_vehicle_alternate_route.