WORKS to install traffic lights at the infamous Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road and Bass Highway intersection in Wonthaggi have begun.
The $3.765 million project to install traffic lights at the intersection has been long-awaited by the Wonthaggi community.
Works to remove nearby trees and relocate telecommunications lines began earlier this month and VicRoads regional director for Eastern Victoria, Scott Lawrence, said it’s expected the traffic lights will be working by late 2018.
“Works to install Wonthaggi’s first set of traffic lights are under way with utility relocations currently being carried out, on-track to be complete by November,” he said.
“The project will boost safety and improve traffic flow for all road users.”
The project to give Wonthaggi its first set of traffic lights is jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments, and the Bass Coast Shire Council.
VicRoads says the long delays at the intersection are causing motorists to take risks and cross into oncoming traffic.
Three people have been seriously injured at the intersection in the past 10 years.
The traffic lights will have dedicated left and right turning lanes, as well as a raised “safety platform”, ensuring drivers slow down to 50km/h when driving through the intersection.
VicRoads is working to remove trees, and relocate water, power and telecommunication services.
Works to install the traffic lights are expected to begin in early to mid-2018 and will take between three and four months to complete.