Wonthaggi intersection won’t be complete until late next year

THE long-awaited traffic lights at the intersection of Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road and the Bass Highway at Wonthaggi are still a while off, with the project expected to be completed in late 2018.
Funding for the installation of traffic lights was first announced on May 27, 2016, but their need was recognised by the community during the planning application process for the Bunnings development back in 2011.
The chaos at the intersection has only become worse with the opening of the Wonthaggi Plaza and Dan Murphy’s, which all came after Big W.
In September 2016, McMillian MP Russell Broadbent said “The government is finalising its processes to ensure the project is able to proceed as scheduled in January 2017”.
The timeline has since changed.
“Preconstruction works, including tree clearing and service relocation works, are expected to commence in July 2017, with construction works expected to commence in early 2018 and be completed in late 2018,” he said.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the intersection is the primary freight access point to the commercial precinct and the works will reduce delays for the 11,000 motorists that use the intersection daily.
“More than 1300 heavy vehicles, including B-doubles, use this intersection each day and the improvements will reduce the number of vehicles using nearby Poplar Street, which has a load limit,” Mr Chester said.
“It will be great to see works get underway next month, with the project expected to keep locals safe at this site and not stuck in traffic.”
Victorian Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan said the intersection upgrade will reduce congestion and deliver local jobs.
“We are investing in our regional road network to get people where they need to go safer and sooner,” Mr Donnellan said.
“This investment will improve safety while making it easier and more efficient for producers and local businesses to get their goods to market.”
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Pamela Rothfield said the intersection has been a safety concern for the community for a number of years.
“We are delighted our advocacy has been successful and we are able to address this issue with substantial government funds supporting the council’s investment,” Cr Rothfield said.
The $3.765 million project is being managed by VicRoads on behalf of the Victorian Government.
The Australian Government is contributing $1.52 million under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
The Victorian Government is also contributing $1.52 million and the Bass Coast Shire Council is contributing $725,000.