THE state government will upgrade a high-risk Sale intersection to include a roundabout.
Eastern Victoria MLC Jane Garrett said a roundabout would be built at the intersection of Macarthur and Market Sts as part of the government’s $20 million ‘Safe Travel in Local Streets’ program.
Regional Roads Victoria worked with Wellington Shire Council on designing the roundabout, which will also include pedestrian islands and a shared user path for cyclists and pedestrians on Macarthur St. The project is expected to reduce the number of accidents by up to 70 per cent.
Council will deliver the $1.13 million upgrade, with work to be completed by mid-2021.
The road’s current layout is conducive to car accidents, particularly cross-traffic and rear end injury crashes.
Between January 2013 to December 2017, there were six recorded crashes at the intersection, with three people seriously injured.
Ms Garrett said the new roundabout would make the intersection easier and safer.
“Macarthur St will also be safer for pedestrians and cyclists, with new crossings and a shared user path – these works are all part of our efforts to reduce the unacceptable level of road trauma occurring across regional Victoria.”
The Safe Travel in Local Streets program is part of the government’s $1.4 billion spend to reduce road trauma, in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission.