Backup plan for lights
Generator brought in as VicRoads admits power bungle
VICROADS has refused to comment on the cost of a temporary generator currently powering traffic lights at the intersection of Melaluka and Portarlington roads.
While the lights were finally switched on on Monday after months of delays and community angst, they are not being powered by the main grid.
It was revealed last week that the delay in the lights’ operation was because Powercor had not received the necessary “as built” plans from a VicRoads contractor, despite claims from the governing organisation that the delay was due to the power supplier.
The plans are a requirement for Powercor to conduct the final safety audit before power can be connected.
Powercor still has not received those plans.
Bellarine MP Lisa Neville has been forced to backtrack on comments made last week claiming she and VicRoads had been pushing Powercor to connect the lights.
“I was advised by VicRoads that the delay in turning the lights on was due to works by Powercor. Today Powercor have written to me indicating the delay is not with them,” she said.
“I indicated to VicRoads last week it was my expectation that whoever was delaying the project needed to have the lights on by Monday, which has occurred.
“My key priority was getting these lights operational as quickly as possible and that no further delays were acceptable.”
A Powercor spokeswoman said the company had reached out to VicRoads in an effort to get the lights properly connected as soon as possible.
“All work conducted by external contractors on our network must undergo a thorough audit to ensure any infrastructure is safe,” she said.
“Once the lights pass the safety checks, we will be able to connect them to the network.”
VicRoads has confirmed that the necessary plans are being finalised and should be ready by the end of the week.
VicRoads regional director southwest Mark Koliba declined to comment on the cost of the generator or how long it is expected to be used.
FIRED UP: New traffic lights at intersection of Portarlington and Melaluka roads are being powered by a generator to meet the start-up deadline.