Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, has raised concerns in the Victorian Parliament about VicRoads’ preferred option for the Drysdale Bypass.
The option is expected to have three intersections with modulated traffic lights which could almost negate the benefit of having a bypass at all.
Mr Ramsay said the Liberal Party supports the Bypass concept which is designed to remove traffic from the congested High Street in Drysdale. The bypass is intended to provide a traffic corridor with a smooth flow of traffic and free-up the Drysdale town centre making it safer and retail friendly.
The VicRoads bypass model favours controlled intersections rather than roundabouts.
However, having three sets of traffic lights on three intersections within 800 metres will defeat the purpose and most likely encourage motorists and heavy vehicles to seek alternate roads.
At the very least, I call on VicRoads to consider that if traffic lights are to be used, that they are peak flow controlled and allow a smooth travel route with little interruption for commuters travelling along the Portarlington Road seeking destinations beyond the Drysdale town limits.