Call to fix ‘dangerous’ intersection

Concerned residents, an MP and Wyndham council are calling for a “dangerous” Wyndham Vale intersection to be upgraded.

The intersection, on the corner of Ballan Road and Anniversary Avenue, is a main entrance to the Jubilee Estate.

Residents claim motorists travelling north on Ballan Road are making illegal right hand turns into Anniversary Avenue, as well as entering the estate via an exit lane.

Wyndham council’s director of city economy, innovation and liveability, Peter McKinnon, said VicRoads had approved the intersection and were also responsible for
any upgrades.

“We have received several complaints from residents about the safety of this intersection and we have formally contacted VicRoads to request that it be upgraded,” Mr McKinnon said.

“We understand the community’s concerns and we will continue to advocate to VicRoads for these issues to be addressed.”

Jubilee Estate resident Kat Betts said she had nearly been involved in a number of accidents at the intersection.

“It’s just a stupid intersection where someone will get hurt, or a car totalled,” Ms Betts said.

“The point is, it’s dangerous for people leaving the estate.”

Ms Betts that she and other residents had contacted VicRoads and Wyndham council about the issue.

She said that the most logical way to upgrade the intersection would be to install a turn-right option.

Ms Betts also penned a letter about the intersection to western metropolitan MP Bernie Finn, who read it in parliament last month.

“It’s a very dangerous situation that should have been addressed a long time ago,” Mr Finn told Star Weekly.

VicRoads director of transport and planning metro north west, David Teague, said the authority was “working closely with Wyndham city council to determine if there are any short-term safety improvements needed at this intersection”.