FIXING GISBORNE’S DIFFICULT INTERSECTION

Locals, commuters, tourists and freight drivers are set for a safer journey thanks to a project starting on one of Gisborne’s most difficult intersections.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas announced crews have hit the ground to start on a $1.3 million project that will improve safety, visibility and traffic flow at the intersection of Saunders Road (Gisborne-Kilmore Road), Kilmore Road and Pierce Road.

To encourage safer speeds and ensure the staggered intersection is more visible, new turning lanes and street lighting will be built on Saunders Road, with new traffic islands on Kilmore and Pierce Roads and a realignment to Kilmore Road.

A school bus stop at the intersection will also be relocated to further improve safety by minimising the busy school drop off and pick up traffic at the intersection.

Works will be carried out during the day with traffic management in place and speeds reduced to 40km/h until works are complete by mid-year, weather permitting. Temporary lane closures are expected with signed detours at times.

To keep track of this project or to learn about other works are underway or planned in your area visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au.

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

“We know this intersection can be busy and difficult to navigate for the 5,000 drivers relying on it every day which is exactly why we’re getting on with fixing it.”

“We’re improving this vital stretch into Gisborne to make sure our growing community gets home safer and sooner.”

“Since coming to office we’ve doubled spending on road maintenance and now regional Victorian roads are getting the attention they deserve.”