Thursday 23 February 2012
Minister for Roads Terry Mulder today announced $420,000 in funding to install traffic signals on the intersection of Somerton Road and Kirkham Drive in Greenvale.
Mr Mulder said upgrading the Somerton Road/ Kirkham Road intersection would significantly improve safety for the community.
“Installing traffic lights at this location will ensure Greenvale residents south of Somerton Road can safely access schools in Roxburgh Park and parkland around Greenvale Reservoir,” Mr Mulder said.
“In the five year period ending 30 June 2011, there were six recorded casualty crashes at the intersection of Somerton Road/ Kirkham Drive, including one serious injury and five other injuries.”
Other works as part of this project include asphalt resurfacing and an upgrade to street lighting which will further improve safety and help prevent crashes from occurring.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to improving road safety,” Mr Mulder said.
“We are taking action to target these areas to prevent further crashes and keep Victorians safe on the road.”
Member for Western Metropolitan Region Bernie Finn said his support for safer and better roads in Greenvale dated back more than two decades.
“I'm delighted to be part of a Government that is improving our local roads,” Mr Finn said.
Member for Western Metropolitan Region Andrew Elsbury said the traffic lights would help relieve drivers' frustration and anxiety as they traversed Somerton Road.
“This will in turn make our roads safer,” Mr Elsbury added.
Funding for this project was brought forward to fast track safety improvements on Somerton Road. It will also provide an improved connection to new traffic signals at the adjacent Aitken Boulevard intersection.
VicRoads expects works to start in April and be completed by mid-2012.
The Somerton Road/ Aitken Boulevard project will be delivered by the Hume City Council.