The Victorian Roads Minister has been questioned over what he is doing about a dangerous Ocean Grove intersection that some are now calling a ‘death trap’.
The Presidents Avenue and Orton Street intersection is one of the town’s busiest, providing access to the town centre and the popular beach.
Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, said locals fear a fatal accident is imminent unless the intersection is made safer.
Motorcyclist, Tyler Peace, was recently nearly killed at that site after an horrific accident. His mother, Clare Peace, is urging for immediate change.
“The great frustration here is that everyone knows this is a treacherous intersection,” Mr Ramsay said.
In its strategic plan for Ocean Grove, the City of Greater Geelong has identified the intersection as dangerous.
Mr Ramsay put the concerns to the Victorian Parliament last week, asking the Minister, Luke Donnellan, what he was doing about it.
“This is a blind spot known to residents over many years. It has been brought to the attention of the Government and to VicRoads, but unfortunately no action has been taken up to this point in time.
“My understanding is that VicRoads is aware of this very dangerous blind spot due to the diligent advocacy of local residents. The Geelong Advertiser calls it a ‘death trap’”.
Mr Ramsay said more than 1800 people had already signed a petition for the intersection to be made safer by the installation of either lights, or a roundabout.
“I understand VicRoads is hesitant to put in traffic lights as per the urban plan. It is blaming its reticence on land negotiations for another site unrelated to this intersection.
“My question to the minister is: is he giving a very strong directive to VicRoads to proceed with the traffic lights and/or safety upgrades to protect the local communities who use this intersection on a daily basis?”
“This must become a top road safety priority.
“Tyler Peace is alive, but others may not be so lucky in the future.”