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Five years after the Springvale Road boom gates were removed, cars are banked up while trying to perform right-hand turns on Lightwood Avenue and Springvale Road at peak times.
In May, a driver was killed exiting Rosalie Street onto Springvale Road in a three-car crash.
Cr O’Reilly said there was an urgent need for traffic lights, especially with the area being identified for high population growth.
“To drive north in peak hour, residents have no choice but to face ‘iron walls’ of traffic on Lightwood or Springvale Roads. There’s no easy way to make a right turn.”
“It is way overdue that something was done to fix the traffic design problems in this area.”
Cr O’Reilly highlighted the unsignalised Lindsay Williams bridge that is clogged with peak-time traffic trying to turn into Lightwood Road.
It was a design that was ticked off and modelled by VicRoads, but it has now handballed responsibility to Greater Dandenong Council.
In 2013, Springvale Asian Business Association had forecast this very situation – prior to the bridge’s opening.
“Once they open that intersection, there will be only chaos,” spokesperson Stan Chang said at the time.
“Once it has been created, it will be costly to fix. It will create a problem for the next 50-100 years.”
At the time VicRoads project director Andrew Williams said the bridge was developed through a “lengthy and rigorous design process” with the project design team and Greater Dandenong Council.
According to its review, “traffic flow will be low; and even at the peak movements, traffic flow will be maintained as the peaks occur at different times of the day”.
Mr Williams also said independent road safety audits of the design found no safety issue, and traffic modelling up to 2046 showed traffic signals weren’t required at the intersections at either end of the bridge.
This article first appeared on dandenong.starcommunity.com.au
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