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Transport

Road Safety Boost for Busy Bellarine Intersection

New traffic lights are part of a package of upgrades boosting safety for thousands of drivers at a busy Bellarine intersection.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said works to boost safety at the Portarlington Road intersection with Hermsley Road and Curlewis Road are now complete.

The works are part of a $5 million package that also delivered upgrades at Orton Street and Presidents Avenue in Ocean Grove.

The new traffic lights with turning arrows will assist motorists to safely enter Portarlington Road from Hermsley Road and Curlewis Road and improve traffic flow.

Realigned footpaths will also boost safety for pedestrians and cyclists using the Bellarine Rail Trail. Cyclists will also enjoy a safer approach to the intersection thanks to the inclusion of newly designated bike lanes.

Additional upgrades delivered as part of the project include dedicated left, and right-turn lanes, enhanced street lighting, new flexible safety barriers and improved access to bus stops on Portarlington Road.

Temporary public lighting will operate at the intersection until public lighting is connected in the coming weeks.

The pedestrian crossing to the Bellarine Rail Trail will also be relocated when the traffic lights are switched on later this month.

The finished works come on top of other safety improvements delivered along Portarlington Road this year, including installing flexible safety barriers at the intersection with Moolap-Station Road.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“As more people choose to live and work on the Bellarine, projects like these are helping to keep people safe and, on the move – whether in a car, on a bike or foot.”

“Approximately 31,000 vehicles use Portarlington Road each day as a key link between the Bellarine Peninsula and Geelong – these new traffic lights and additional upgrades boosts safety for all road users.”  

“Feedback from the community has helped to shape these upgrades and deliver the improvements that local people want.”