RUNNING the gauntlet to cross Australind Bypass into Vittoria Road in front of heavy traffic will become a thing of the past with a $3 million traffic light upgrade at the intersection.
Traffic lights will be installed at the intersection, which has become increasingly congested with vehicles travelling to and from local schools and about 40,000 traffic movements a day using the Australind Bypass.
Bunbury MLA John Castrilli said he had been contacted by many Glen Iris residents concerned over safety at the intersection.
“With the new Riverlea subdivision, along with residential growth in Glen Iris and the planned expansion of the Vittoria Road commercial precinct, this intersection is only going to get busier in future,” Mr Castrilli said.
“It can be so difficult for motorists exiting Vittoria Road to get onto the northbound lanes that some have instead been using the suburban roads of Glen Iris and Vittoria Heights, exacerbating traffic problems in those areas.”
The $3m will go towards installing traffic lights on the south-bound lanes plus an acceleration lane to help traffic flow and merge smoothly.
The traffic lights are expected to be complete by March next year.
The City of Bunbury has given final approval for a traffic light upgrade at the intersection of Koombana and Estuary Drives which is expected to be completed by December.
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How many sets of lights need to be put on highway between Eaton and Bunbury....getting a tad ridiculous. Mel Harvey
What do you mean no to bypass/vittoria road as the volume of traffic flowing into Bunbury on the bypass is getting beyond a joke and that intersection is a blackspot in waiting. Alan Orr
Koombana Drive and Estuary drive is a great idea, peak hour traffic am/pm is horrendous at this junction will mean less accidents for those who don’t give way or have patience.
Lights are needed, very hard to get out of there in the morning after dropping kids at school. Living in Vittoria Heights, we don’t want the extra traffic, people hoon up Ince Road as it is. Tanya Williams