Car crash concern
Four separate incidents leave businesses, locals worried
ALPINE Shire Council will look into what it can do to erase parking issues in Porepunkah after four car accidents in the space of seven weeks.
Porepunkah’s main street and the nearby riverside parkland underwent a $1.7 million makeover last year, a project that left differing opinions from local residents and business owners.
The service lane on Nicholson Street was removed and the road changed to two lanes while the total number of parks has increased but has resulted in no spaces for long vehicles.
Alpine Shire Council director assets Will Jeremey said residents had in recent weeks raised concerns in regard to four car accidents, the first just before Christmas.
Three of the four accidents have seen cars back out into oncoming traffic with at least one vehicle written off while the other incident saw two vehicles sideswipe each other.
“From our side we’re aware there has been four traffic accidents in Porepunkah but as far as we know there’s been no serious injuries,” Mr Jeremy said.
“We have essentially committed to investigate what’s occurred and will try to understand what is going on and what the options are to potentially mitigate further accidents happening.”
Porepunkah mechanic Marty Robinson was nearby when all four accidents occurred, and even helped fix a car and motorbike in separate incidents to allow them to drive off.
Mr Robinson believes Nicholson Street and the parking is far too narrow.
“My issue is the road needs to be widened and there needs to be good sensible angle parking,” he said.
“The parks are that narrow that if you’ve got two cars be- side you, you have to back out fully before you can even turn.
“It’s looks great, but it doesn’t work and it’s going to take some major work to fix the problem.”
Mr Jeremy said council have called in an independent engineer to review the situation.
“We have engaged an engineer, who has about 15 years’ experience with VicRoads and who wasn’t involved in the project,” he said.
“We’re prepared to explore all options, I know we have had some in the community think that changing to angle parking is the way forward.
“That’s certainly one of the options we will consider but we also might look at trying to reduce the speed vehicles are passing through that section.
“We could also widen the parking bays but if we do that we might have to sacrifice parking spaces and would need to potentially deepen the bays as well which would mean taking out the curb at the back.”