Federal investment in roundabout at black spot

The Federal Government will fund the redevelopment of a notorious intersection at Winchelsea South into a roundabout. Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson yesterday announced $6 million funding for the project on the Cape Otway Road and Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Road.

A notorious intersection at South Winchelsea will become a roundabout thanks to a $6-million Federal Government investment.

Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson announced yesterday that the government would deliver $6 million to fix the dangerous Cape Otway and Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Road intersection about seven minutes’ drive south of Winchelsea.

Ms Henderson said there had been “a number of terrible accidents” at the intersection, and that the roads were popular tourist routes to the Great Ocean Road.

“I am delighted our government will deliver $6 million to construct a roundabout to improve safety for motorists at this intersection,” Ms Henderson said.

“There have been a number of accidents and near misses involving international drivers – an issue about which I am very concerned.”

VicRoads statistics showed there were five crashes at the intersection in five years ending January 2018, with one crash resulting in serious injury.

Authorities had previously installed rumble strips on both sides of the Cape Otway Road intersection and dropped the speed limit to 80kmh when approaching the intersection on the Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Road, but the community continued to call for more upgrades through 2017 and 2018, and included the crossroads on a petition that listed must-fix intersections on tourist routes across the region.

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