Construction to start on $4.9M roundabout

Regional Roads Victoria has begun early works on a roundabout at a notorious Birregurra intersection. Pictured are, from left, Roads Minister Jaala Pulford, Regional Roads Victoria chief Paul Northey and TAC road safety director Samantha Cockfield

Work has begun on a new roundabout at a notorious intersection at Birregurra, but Victoria’s Roads Minister anticipates completion will be in the latter half of 2019.

Roads Minister Jaala Pulford visited the Colac-Lorne Road, Birregurra-Forrest Road and Deepdene Road intersection on Monday to mark the start of early works to build a 40-metre-diameter roundabout.

The State Government announced $4.9-million for the roundabout in May after the intersection had three crashes within five days during last year’s Christmas period, resulting in one fatality and 18 people requiring medical treatment.

“We can’t walk back time and restore to perfect health, or bring back the life of the person who tragically died here,” Ms Pulford said.

“What we can do is make this intersection so much safer, so the kind of horror week that occurred here last summer at Christmas time doesn’t occur again.”

Ms Pulford said early work was underway including vegetation removal and service relocation was underway, but the 30-week construction project would not begin “in earnest” until after this Christmas period.

Regional Roads Victoria has trimmed vegetation to improve drivers’ sightlines and installed reflective markers, a lower speed limit and signs alerting drivers to the “high accident intersection” following last year’s crashes.

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