Res­i­dent fears in­ter­sec­tion will be­come a killer road

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A res­i­dent who lives near the Bona Vista and Dar­num-Al­lam­bee Rd in­ter­sec­tion fears some­one will have to be killed be­fore au­thor­i­ties take ac­tion to im­prove the in­ter­sec­tion.

Sharon Bursa com­plained about the in­ter­sec­tion 16 months ago when a col­li­sion at the in­ter­sec­tion height­ened her fears.

When a se­ri­ous col­li­sion oc­curred at the same in­ter­sec­tion two weeks ago, re­sult­ing in two peo­ple be­ing air­lifted, Ms Bursa was fu­ri­ous that noth­ing has been done.

She said she feared some­one would have to be killed be­fore au­thor­i­ties re­acted.

But, lo­cal po­lice and Baw Baw Shire said the in­ter­sec­tion com­plied with all reg­u­la­tions for sight dis­tances and safety sig­nage.

Baw Baw high­way pa­trol sergeant Carlo Visser said po­lice and the shire had as­sessed the in­ter­sec­tion but un­for­tu­nately, in most cases, col­li­sions came down to driver er­ror.

Ms Bursa dis­agrees. She has lived in the area for 14 years and said she was sick of see­ing bad ac­ci­dents and near misses at the in­ter­sec­tion.

She said she raised con­cerns in June last year and at the time was told by the shire it would in­ves­ti­gate re­plac­ing the give way signs with stop signs.

“It is so dan­ger­ous there, peo­ple keep go­ing through the in­ter­sec­tion.

“We need to do some­thing be­fore some­one is killed. It is known to be dan­ger­ous and all it needs is a stop sign.

“That cross­road is not a quick look and go in­ter­sec­tions. You have to stop and have a good look. There are bends in the road and hills.

“If peo­ple face a stop sign they get it in their minds to ac­tu­ally stop.

“Why does some­one have to be killed for some­thing to be done,” she said.

Sgt Visser said Vic Roads and the shire as­sessed line of sight as the main cri­te­ria for in­ter­sec­tions. In this in­stance, he said the in­ter­sec­tion com­plied with all stan­dards.

The cross­road in­ter­sec­tion in­cludes Dar­numAl­lam­bee Rd as the through road with Bona Vista Rd and Park­ers Rd meeting at the cross­road.

Sgt Visser said give way sig­nage was at the in­ter­sec­tion as well as other sig­nage and safety mea­sures to alert driv­ers.

He said he was wait­ing for lat­est crash data at the site to do fur­ther anal­y­sis with the shire.

“There has been an is­sue there, but it does com­ply with stan­dards.

“Peo­ple still have to be re­spon­si­ble for their own driv­ing,” he said.

Sgt Visser said in re­cent years, as part of the Safe Roads Sys­tem, po­lice con­ducted au­dits of all in­jury col­li­sion sites. He said the au­dits showed 98 per cent of the col­li­sions were caused by driver er­ror, not road con­di­tions.

Shire com­mu­nity as­sets di­rec­tor Co­hen Van der Velde said in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­di­cated there was suf­fi­cient sight dis­tance at the in­ter­sec­tion, and the ex­ist­ing give way sign was the ap­pro­pri­ate sign to use in ac­cor­dance with the rel­e­vant road safety stan­dards and leg­is­la­tion.

“Stop signs are re­quired when the sight dis­tance at an in­ter­sec­tion is not ad­e­quate.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, there are a range of ex­ist­ing road in­fra­struc­ture to warn mo­torist of the up­com­ing cross in­ter­sec­tion. They in­clude ad­vanced in­ter­sec­tion warn­ing signs, rum­ble strips on the ap­proach to Dar­num Al­lam­bee Rd (on both Park­ers Rd and Bona Visa Rd) and traf­fic/split­ter is­lands (on both Park­ers Rd and Bona Vista Rd).

“The safety and well­be­ing of our com­mu­nity is al­ways a pri­or­ity for coun­cil and we are in con­ver­sa­tions with lo­cal po­lice to see what the best rem­edy is for this in­ter­sec­tion,” he said.

VicRoads data for the past 10 years in­di­cated there have been two crashes re­ported at this in­ter­sec­tion, ex­clud­ing the most re­cent col­li­sion last week­end.

A res­i­dent has called for stop signs at the Dar­num-Al­lam­bee Rd cross­road with Park­ers Rd and Bona Vista Rd fol­low­ing an­other se­ri­ous in­jury col­li­sion at the in­ter­sec­tion re­cently.

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