The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has renewed calls for a safety upgrade at the Wyndham St/Nixon St intersection in Shepparton and sought the release of the results of a road safety audit carried out at the intersection last year.
Ms Lovell first raised safety concerns at the intersection in May 2018 after a serious collision between a car and a truck, resulting in a woman being hospitalised with three broken ribs. It is believed traffic signal visibility was a contributing factor in the collision.
Motorists travelling west in Nixon St approaching Wyndham St do not face a traffic signal mastarm and are forced to rely on traffic signals at normal ground level, one obstructed from view by a tree. A mastarm is a traffic signal is elevated in the air, free from any ground level obstructions. Compounding the issue is that motorists are getting distracted by a highly visible traffic signal mastarm facing westbound traffic at the next intersection at Nixon and Welsford Sts.
After initially raising the matter in State Parliament, Ms Lovell received an undertaking that VicRoads would conduct a road safety audit on the intersection, yet in the preceding seven months, no audit results have been released to the public and no safety upgrades have been completed.
The installation of a traffic signal mastarm at the intersection of Nixon St and Wyndham St for westbound traffic would avert motorist confusion, improve signal visibility and help prevent further collisions at the intersection.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Region, Wendy Lovell:
“I first highlighted the safety concerns at the Wyndham St and Nixon St intersection nearly 12 months ago and despite a promised road safety audit, nothing has been forthcoming.
“I call on the Minister to release the findings of the road safety audit conducted at the intersection with a view to installing a traffic signal mastarm on the southeast corner of the intersection applicable to westbound traffic in Nixon Street.”
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