Lance Creek,

Safer solution for notorious intersection

Bass Coast Shire Council is celebrating along with Lance Creek residents after the State Government recently announced it will construct a roundabout at the intersection of Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Glen Alvie Road, West Creek Road and Bird Road at Lance Creek.

Council responded to community concern following a serious accident in October 2014 at the VicRoads controlled intersection.

With some Council managed roads leading into it, Council and VicRoads were able to identify short, medium and long term actions to treat safety issues.

Council and VicRoads also worked closely with stakeholders to quickly mitigate safety issues with short term actions, which included vegetation removal to improve sight lines, refreshing line marking and reinstatement of audible rumble strips.

Ongoing work conducted by VicRoads to build and pitch a case for funding the ultimate solution of a roundabout was successful, much to the credit of community members who were determined to reach the best possible outcome.

Glen Alvie resident, Elwyn Matthews, said he was thrilled with the outcome, reiterating that the local residents would no longer tolerate seeing any more accidents at the “notorious” intersection.

“The actions taken after a crucial meeting and further meetings by district representatives with Bass Coast Shire Council’s Infrastructure staff and later, with VicRoads Eastern Region identities Pas, Wayne and Natalija has been excellent,” Mr Matthews said.

“A big thank you to all those involved within Bass Coast Shire Council, VicRoads, the police input, the local papers, politicians and any others who helped to achieve this result in a relatively short time is a terrific outcome.

Mr Matthews said when completed, the intersection should be “as safe as any cross roads can possibly be” and looked forward to the completion of the project in early 2017.