Thrilled by funding announced for Southern Cross intersection

Western District MP James Purcell is thrilled by today's announcement of reduce speed lights at the dangerous Southern Cross intersection in Koroit.

The high speed intersection where Southern Cross Road meets the Koroit-Mailors Flat Road is one of the most dangerous in the region and is one of 10 roads in the south west that are in need of urgent repair.

“In June we presented the Minister of Roads and the State Parliament with a list of the 10 roads in the region that needed immediate attention. It is very satisfying to see funding to fix this problem and we thank the Government for their support," says Mr Purcell.

The new solar powered sign that detects oncoming traffic will be installed 200m south of the intersection on Penshurst-Warrnambool Rd.

“We will continue to lobby on behalf of south- west drivers to have the rest of these roads fixed, and for more widespread improvements across the whole road network in our region."

Other roads identified were:

·       Port Fairy - Warrnambool Road - potholed and reconstruction needed; 

·       A1 - Heywood to South Australian border Road;

·       Woolsthorpe-Heywood Road - dangerous verges;

·       Hopkins Hwy - Ellerslie-Purnim; 

·       Hopkins Hwy - Ellerslie-Mortlake Road; 

·       Myamyn - Macarthur Road; 

·       Foxhow Road; 

·       Major transport routes to and from Portland;

·       Cobden-Warrnambool Road.

“We are also working to gain government support to upgrade the Princes Highway from Colac through to the South Australian border to a Road of National Significance.

"This will allow it to attract federal government funding as well as state attention."

Mr Purcell has asked the Minister for a 2 + 1 passing lane for the entire stretch of road to improve safety and reduce the risk of road accidents.

"The Princes Highway between Colac and the South Australian border is a major corridor, serving industry, tourism and local traffic.

"The condition of the road is such a danger that the government's Princes Highway West A1 Corridor Strategy reveals that the road accident rate in this region is greater than anywhere else in the state, particularly from Colac to Warrnambool and from Portland to Heywood."

South-west Victoria is growing and Mr Purcell estimates there is at least $6 billion worth of new investment in the Great South Coast region alone.

"Yet roads that service this new investment are a disgrace. They are in constant need of upgrade, pothole ridden, flooded and frustrating.  

"We know and VicRoads knows that the roads are the worst in the state. We know it's going to cost an estimated $220 million to bring them up to standard."