Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, has announced the start of geotechnical work as part of a $1.2 million safety upgrade.

The upgrade will see new traffic and pedestrian lights installed to ensure local school students can cross Geelong-Portarlington Road to catch the bus without needing to dodge oncoming traffic on the five-lane road.

The traffic lights will feature right-hand turn arrows, making it easier for drivers to get in and out of Melaluka Road.

The upgrade has been designed in-line with significant community feedback, following a collision in March 2016 when a student was hit by a car while crossing Geelong-Portarlington Road.

There have been four reported crashes at this intersection over the past five years. These works follow a review of the location by VicRoads, Victoria Police and Public Transport Victoria after the accident in March 2016.

After the work is complete, signs will advise drivers of a new 80km/h speed limit for 200 metres in both directions on Geelong-Portarlington Road to ensure drivers approach the intersection safely.

VicRoads reduced the Geelong-bound speed limit in 2012, from 100km/h to 80km/h, and this has reduced the frequency of crashes in that direction.

With planning work on this intersection underway and early works set to start, the new traffic lights are expected to be operational by early 2018.

This project is part of the Labor Government’s ‘Building Our Regions’ program which delivers transport improvements in regional Victoria.