Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are welcoming the completion of a new roundabout that is increasing road safety and improving traffic flow in the heart of Romsey.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP said the $4.7 million intersection upgrade on Barry and Main Streets is making it easier to move around the community safely.

Crews built the new roundabout with bluestone features, and relocated powerlines underground, to enhance the community’s ‘village-feel’.

New pedestrian islands and footpath connections were also installed, with street lighting to be installed by Powercor in the coming weeks.

The project supported regional jobs during construction with Broadford-based contractor, Wrights Earthmoving, delivering the new roundabout on Main Street which is normally used by more than 9,000 vehicles each day.

A roundabout was chosen for the upgrade because they are proven to drastically improve safety at intersections, including reducing the risk of being seriously injured in a crash by up to 90 per cent.

For those visiting local shops, access to the service road has been streamlined following community consultation, with one entrance and exit remaining and the installation of a pedestrian crossing on Main Street last year.

The project is on top of a massive regional road maintenance blitz and upcoming intersection upgrades at Station and Saunders Road, and Melbourne and Kilmore Roads in Gisborne.

To keep track of road projects in your area, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“The community told us Barry Street needed fixing and we’ve taken action to improve traffic flow and boost safety.”

“With the new roundabout and pedestrian crossing, we’ve transformed the heart of Romsey into an area that is safer for all road users.”