INSTALLATION of the long-awaited roundabout at the notorious Lance Creek intersection will begin shortly, with VicRoads anticipating the works to start in early 2017.
The roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road/Glen Alvie Road/West Creek Road/Bird Road.
The project will be delivered by VicRoads under the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program which is funded by the Transport Accident Commission.
Construction is expected to be completed by mid to late 2017 and will be under traffic management.
VicRoads asks motorists to obey speed limits in the area and to drive with caution.
VicRoads Eastern Region Regional Director Scott Lawrence said the $3.4 million single-lane roundabout and other safety treatments will reduce deaths and serious injuries at this intersection.
“These include a reduced speed limit to 80km/h, raised safety platforms to help further reduce vehicle speeds, audio tactile line marking on all approaches, new street lighting and road widening,” he said.
“The upgrade will reduce motorists’ speeds while also reducing the sharp angles of approach, increase drivers’ line of sight and allow for greater reaction times, while providing a clearly visible roundabout that can be seen in advance for approaching motorists.
“The new roundabout and safety improvements will reduce the number and severity of crashes by forcing motorists to slow down and give way before proceeding.
“Over a recent five-year period, there have been four serious crashes at this intersection caused by vehicles failing to give way.
“The Lance Creek intersection has received several interim safety improvements including upgraded signs, removal of vegetation, ‘stop ahead’ road markings and some audio tactile line markings.”