CONSTRUCTION works on the new turbo intersection in Horsham started today.
VicRoads announced in December its plan to upgrade the roundabout near the Wimmera River Bridge to improve safety and allow more continuous flow of traffic in certain lanes.
The changes mean the roundabout at the intersection of Stawell Road, O’Callaghan’s Parade and McPherson Street will be replaced with a traffic island, removing the option of a right-hand turn from McPherson Street.
Regional Roads Victoria’s western regional director Mal Kersting said works at the intersection of O’Callaghans Parade and the Western Highway had started today.
He said the works will be scheduled to minimise disruptions for motorists, but there will be times when access to O’Callaghans Parade will need to be closed, however, the community will be kept informed.
“This upgrade to the busy intersection of O’Callaghans Parade and the Western Highway will improve traffic flow and boost safety for both drivers and cyclists.”
“There will be some delays and closures during the works, so we thank the community for their patience while we complete this important project.”
During construction traffic management systems will be in place including road side signs, reduced 40 kilometres per hour speed limits and reduced lane widths to ensure the safety of drivers and workers.
Roads Minister Luke Donnellan announced the upgrade at a press conference at Stawell in January this year. He said the turbo intersections are designed to allow more continuous flow of traffic in certain lanes.
“More than anything, it’s about trying to make it safer for the trucks that move through Horsham and provide a more reliable journey with a priority for people passing through Horsham so we can get people through that marvellous town and on to their journeys,” he said.
Over a five-year period leading up to June 2018 there have been 10 serious crashes at the intersection, which resulted in 15 people being seriously injured.
The works are expected to be completed by December.