Car crash con­cern

Four sep­a­rate in­ci­dents leave busi­nesses, lo­cals wor­ried

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JEN­VEY jjen­vey@ne­me­dia.com.au

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.”

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