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Mayor Michael Neoh and Senior Projects Engineer Rohan McKinnon at the switching on off the new traffic lights

Signals make for safer intersection

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 2 April 2015

New traffic signals at the intersection of Wollaston and Mortlake roads were switched on at 10am on April 2.

The $605,000 signalisation will cater for the new residential growth along Wollaston Road by managing peak traffic congestion and improving road safety at the intersection.

“Along with creating a safer intersection this will improve traffic flow along Mortlake Road,” Warrnambool City Council Mayor Cr Michael Neoh said.

“This project delivers on an objective in the North of the Merri Structure Plan that recommended the addition of traffic lights at the intersection.”

It is expected that over the next 10 to 15 years that 2200 residential lots will be made available in the area to the north of the Merri River.

Currently, 190 vehicles coming from Wollaston Road use this intersection between 8am and 9am. With completion of future development in the area this figure is expected to double.

Pedestrian safety will also be improved with crossings over Wollaston Rd and at Mortlake Rd north of Sundale Rd.

Council is working with VicRoads as the coordinating road authority for Mortlake Road to plan and deliver these works.

The scope of work:
• New traffic signals;
• Pedestrian crossings across Wollaston Road and Mortlake Road on the north side of the intersection;
• New footpaths links to the intersection;
• Removal of traffic island on Wollaston Road; and,
• New traffic islands.

As a result of the work the exit from Sundale Road to Mortlake Road will be restricted to left-turn only.

Warrnambool City Council contributed $400,000 to the project with the remaining $205,000 funded from the North of the Merri Development Contributions Plan.

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