‘Dangerous’ intersection in online petition’s crosshairs

AN online petition calling for traffic lights at the Princes Highway and west end of Bank Street intersection in Traralgon has sparked positive discussion with VicRoads.

According to the change.org petition, created by Traralgon resident Jenni Kong, the intersection is “extremely dangerous”, especially during peak hours.

“I know people that will not take this route due to how dangerous it is,” Ms Kong wrote in the petition.

“They have either experienced a near miss or have witnessed one.

“It makes sense to make this hazardous intersection as safe as possible.”

VicRoads acting regional director Pas Monacella said the road authority welcomed community feedback on the matter.

“The petition and Facebook page has opened up the conversation, which is fantastic,” Mr Monacella said.

The intersection has had six recorded crashes in the past five years resulting in some level of injury.

Mr Monacella said while VicRoads has been actively monitoring the site on an ongoing basis, it was not currently of concern.

“This figure is quite low,” Mr Monacella said.

“There are other sites in the region that have greater risks.”

Mr Monacella said he had personally met with Ms Kong and VicRoads had offered to work together with her and the local community.

“We are more than happy to work with the community and discuss possible options,” Mr Monacella said.

“But it’s currently not a priority for interference.”

However, Mr Monacella said one possible option was moving the 100 kilometres per hour speed sign on the highway further west of the intersection. He said a roundabout was another option, as well as reducing the speed limit on Bank Street, and in the long term, the development of the Traralgon bypass.