Roundabout near completion

A NEW roundabout at the Sale-Heyfield Rd intersection will lead to fewer incidents at the dangerous intersection, according to VicRoads.

VicRoads is installing the roundabout as part of the Princess Highway duplication project, which will involve stretches of the Sale-Heyfield Rd being closed for four days in March to complete the construction.

More information will be provided closer to the date, however it is expected the closure will take place the week before Easter, weather permitting.

Traffic on the highway will be unaffected, however drivers will not be able to use the Sale-Heyfield Rd between the highway and the Myrtlebank Rd turnoff.

During the closure a temporary intersection will be built, which will allow the roundabout to be completed.

The new west-bound dual carriageway will also be sealed in that time, allowing work to start on upgrading the existing highway after traffic is crossed over.

Project manager for contractor Winlsow Infrastructure, Daniel Guglielmino said the work should be completed on time if the weather was kind.

“We’re aiming to have this section open by the end of April,” he said, noting that there could be delays.

The project is sourcing as many workers and materials as possible from the area, and is one of the first sites in Victoria to work with electricity provider Ausnet Services to build LED streetlights.

“It’s cost saving, as well as a win for the environment,” Mr Guglielmino said.

“It’s better for maintenance as well, in the old roadsters if the globe went out, it was out, whereas here a couple of the LEDs can go out and it’s still working at 90 per cent functionality.”

Another stretch of road, connecting Rosedale to Flynn, has also been completed recently, with the second bridge over Blind Joe’s Creek next to be built.

Work will also begin this week on upgrades to the Ridge roundabout in Wurruk, which will improve drainage and pedestrian access at the large roundabout adjacent to Fisk Street. The works are expected to be finished by Easter, weather permitting.