No de­lay on traf­fic lights

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - NATALEE KERR

SURF Coast Shire Coun­cil is push­ing ahead to in­stall traf­fic lights at a Torquay in­ter­sec­tion de­spite calls from nearby res­i­dents to de­lay the project.

The coun­cil re­cently an­nounced the $2.2 mil­lion in­ter­sec­tion im­prove­ment at Surf Coast High­way, Coombes Road and Rosser Boule­vard would go ahead from Mon­day.

It comes af­ter a com­mu­nity pe­ti­tion in May urged the coun­cil to post­pone al­ter­ing the in­ter­sec­tion, ar­gu­ing there would be “no com­mu­nity ben­e­fit” in com­plet­ing the works early.

The project, part of the coun­cil’s 2020-21 bud­get, re­ceived 15 ob­jec­tions.

The Quay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion’s John De Witt shared lo­cal con­cerns at a coun­cil hear­ing of sub­mis­sions meet­ing last month.

“Our neigh­bour­hood res­i­dents are not against the in­ter­sec­tion,” he said.

“Many res­i­dents are against pre­ma­ture open­ing of the in­ter­sec­tion, with­out In­shore Drive’s con­cur­rent com­ple­tion and open­ing.”

Mr De Witt said res­i­dents were al­ready con­cerned about high traf­fic vol­umes on their streets.

The coun­cil said tem­po­rary traf­fic mea­sures, in­clud­ing the clo­sure of four roads, would be in place to help avoid an “un­rea­son­able in­crease” in traf­fic on roads con­nect­ing the Quay and Quay 2 es­tates while the in­ter­sec­tion was com­pleted.

Glen­garry, In­shore, Ma­rine and Cen­tre­side drives will be closed un­til the com­ple­tion of the in­ter­sec­tion in late 2021.

Cr Brian McKi­t­er­ick said the coun­cil and Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria were work­ing with the de­vel­oper to progress the in­ter­sec­tion project “as quickly as pos­si­ble”.

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