TRAFFIC congestion at the Bass Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road intersection in Wonthaggi is set to be eased, with traffic lights scheduled to be installed by January 2017.
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester announced funding for the traffic lights on May 27 this year.
“The Australian Government will contribute $1.52 million towards the $3.77 million total cost of the project,” he said.
“The government is finalising its processes to ensure the project is able to proceed as scheduled in January 2017.
“I look forward to delivering this important project for the Wonthaggi community.”
The intersection causes daily headaches for drivers who face long delays waiting to turn right onto the Bass Highway from Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road or cross the intersection.
Member for Bass Brian Paynter said the project is essential.
“The intersection has long been the source of frustration for drivers and is dangerous to all road users,” he said.
“Road safety is an important issue across the state including Wonthaggi. Traffic lights will provide for better and safer traffic flow particularly during peak times.
“Since being elected I have addressed a number of road safety issues with VicRoads including this intersection.”
Mr Paynter said there’s a number of road projects in the area and broader community that need to be prioritised.
“Sections of the road between Wonthaggi and Dalyston are substandard and dangerous,” he said.
“Roundabouts at the intersections of Phillip Island Road and both Cape Woolamai Beach Road and Back Beach Road are well overdue.”