Intersection upgrade underway

Work is underway to improve safety at an intersection on the Princes Freeway

November 22, 2011

Work is underway to improve safety at the intersection of Clyde Road and the Princes Freeway in Berwick, Melbourne

VicRoads Regional Director Duncan Elliott says improvements include providing additional right turn lanes for traffic turning into both inbound and outbound ramps to the Princes Freeway.

"In the five-year period ending December 2010 there were 35 casualty crashes at this interchange," he says.

Other safety improvements include modifications to the left slip lanes to help reduce queues and delays and an upgrade to pedestrian facilities.

The work will start this month and will be completed by next May.

The $1.68 million project is funded by the Transport Accident Commission and delivered by VicRoads.

It is in addition to the $55.6 million upgrade of Clyde Road between High Street and Kangan Drive that has been jointly funded by the federal and Victorian governments.

Meanwhile, Dandenong Road in Prahran is also being improved.

The $2.19 million project will address a history of run-off road crashes along the road between Union Street and Chapel Street.

"Crash records for the five-year period ending December 31, 2010, indicate that there have been 10 run-off road casualty crashes, including five that resulted in the vehicle colliding with street lights or tram poles," Elliott says.

Safety improvements will see rigid street lighting poles replaced with impact absorbing poles to reduce the severity of run-off road crashes.

A guard fence will be installed along both sides of the median to protect occupants of errant vehicles from tram poles and rub rail will be installed on all guard fence to better protect motorcyclists.

The project starts next month and will be completed by next July.

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